Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is interested in making a move for Villarreal forward Luciano Vietto according to reports in Spain.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a fine season this year, managing 12 goals in 32 La Liga appearances, and it seems as though that caught the eye of Van Gaal.
Manchester United will be in the market for a new forward when the summer window opens having opted against taking up the option of signing loanee Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis. There has also been some speculation about Robin van Persie who is out of contract next year.
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The Dutchman admitted this week that he is mulling over his options as he stares down the barrel of playing second fiddle to Wayne Rooney next term. A move to either Italy or Turkey has been mooted and Manchester United have been linked with a host of top stars including Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo as potential replacements, however Van Gaal is seemingly eyeing a different route.
AS claim that Van Gaal seems him as the ideal candidate for the job and that he could launch a bid sooner rather than later. Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been credited with an interest in the talented youngster in the past, but it is the Red Devils who are in the driving seat.
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Manchester United completed a host of deals worth more than £150 million last summer and are expected to do the same again this time round after securing Champions League qualification.
They've been linked with a host of top quality stars including Gareth Bale and Mats Hummels, while Van Gaal has already completed a deal worth £22 million for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay with plenty more expected to follow.
Liverpool are likely to offer a degree of offering some competition in the race for the Argentine youngster given their need for a new forward as well. Mario Balotelli has flopped spectacularly since moving from AC Milan last summer and he could be sold, and there's doubts about Fabio Borini's future at Anfield too.
Those in the know rate Luciano Vietto very highly indeed, and although some Manchester United fans may raise an eyebrow or two given the calibre of the man he is replacing, it seems to make plenty of sense.
There's little point in having a big-name, big money striker on the bench - it does nothing for the player and less for the club. It would be much better for Van Gaal to find a young striker willing to learn from Wayne Rooney who is in his peak years, and prepare him to be a number one option in a few years time. The only debate to have is whether that man should be James Wilson.
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