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Woodward simply must afford Man United the funds to land perfect Ibrahimovic replacement

The resident Red Devils in the Transfer Tavern are hoping Jose Mourinho will make some valuable additions to his squad in January.

If there is one thing to draw from the Premier League season so far, then it is the staggering extent of the gulf in class between the two Manchester clubs. Following United’s draw with Burnley on Boxing Day, Mourinho pointed towards Manchester City’s financial spending power in the transfer market as the main reason for their superiority so far this season.

To an extent, Mourinho’s assertion is correct, as Guardiola has been provided with the resources to assemble a squad of immense strength and experience from back to front.

However, City’s spending has been closely matched by United in recent years with the likes of Lukaku, Pogba and Martial all arriving at the club in mega-money deals.

Mourinho’s comments strongly suggest that he is hoping to receive additional funds from the Glazer’s to sign players who will enable United to close the gap on their rivals and compete with City for top-spot next season.

With that being said, Mourinho should be joining Real Madrid in the race for in Inter Milan’s captain and talisman Mauro Icardi.

According to Calciomercarto, Icardi has a release clause worth £97.5 million in his contract which is available to clubs outside of Italy, and Real Madrid are very much interested in triggering that clause in the near future.

Icardi’s record with the Nerazzurri is simply phenomenal and there is no doubt that he is one of the most prolific strikers in world football right now.

So far this season, the Argentine has scored 17 goals from 18 appearances in Serie A to top the goal-scoring charts ahead of Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.

But Icardi is more than just a goal-scorer, he is a player who leads by example, and inspires the players around him with his attitude and determination.

Although it is far too early to write off Romelu Lukaku, there is no doubt that United are crying out for a focal point in attack with immense ability and a genuine desire to succeed.

There is absolutely no doubt that Icardi fits the bill, so United must pursue his signature if they wish to begin closing the gulf in class between themselves and their bitter rivals.

Thoughts? 

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