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Manchester United will try and sign two strikers during summer window

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Louis van Gaal is gearing up for another busy summer in the transfer window at Manchester United, and will attempt to try and sign at least two forwards according to the Daily Mail. 

The Red Devils are likely to undergo another major overhaul in the summer window having splashed more than £150 million last time round, and Van Gaal will focus on ensuring he has plenty of firepower in attack.

Question marks

There are question marks over the futures of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, who could both be moved on when the time comes. Falcao is on loan from Monaco and although Manchester United have the option to sign him permanently for around £43 million at the end of the season but that seems unlikely given his struggles this term. 

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The Colombian has managed just four goals in the Premier League and failed to find the back of the net when handed his first start since February in the 1-0 defeat against Chelsea on Saturday.

Goals

Van Persie, who has 10 league goals to his name, has been out of action since the 2-1 defeat against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in February, and has been linked with a switch to Italy at the end of the season. 

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According to the Daily Mail, Van Gaal is already looking to firm up his plans for the transfer window, and will look for two new forwards to bolster his options in attack. One long-standing target is said to be Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, although his price tag and wages could prove to be prohibitive, while the French cub are reluctant to sell according to the Mail. 

Options

That won't be the case if they swoop for Danny Ings of Burnley, but as it stands the Mail only rate him as an 'option'. 

Perhaps the most viable option could well be Porto ace Jackson Martinez. The Colombian has been linked with a move to the Premier League for some time now and the Mail say that Manchester United are eyeing up a swoop this summer. 

Martinez is enjoying another fine season in Portugal and scored his 23rd goal of the season in Porto's 3-1 Champions League win over Bayern Munich last week. The 28-year-old will fetch a fee in the region of £30 million.

Opinion

It seems there are a lack of viable striker options out there for Manchester United at the moment. Martinez is a quality finisher but couldn't break into Colombian World Cup side, plus £30 million is a lot of money for a 28-year-old who hasn't proven his worth in the Premier League. 

Cavani would be extortionately expensive and command a starting spot which then puts pressure on Wayne Rooney, which isn't ideal - just look at what's happened this season when a big money forward sits out and the negative publicity that comes with it.

Indeed, Ings may be the best option; cheap, young, willing to learn from Rooney while he can before taking up the number one spot himself.

Which two strikers do you think Manchester United should sign this summer?  

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