Wayne Rooney could be off to China this summer, according to reports.
The Manchester Evening News wrote on Thursday that United had received an offer from a Chinese Super League club and they were carefully considering it.
However, the Red Devils are only prepared to sell the England international provided they secure the services of a marquee signing first. They want a superstar capable of promoting the products of the club’s global sponsors. *Sigh*.
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Rooney has shown over recent weeks that he still has something to offer - the 30-year-old has scored five goals in his previous seven league appearances but could miss the next six weeks after suffering a knee injury - but he’s no longer the player he once was.
Is he still good enough to be leading the line for Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, on a weekly basis? Probably not. This summer might be the perfect time to sign a replacement - and here are six strikers who could become the Red Devils’ new number 10.
Goals this season: 19
Those who confidently predicted that Harry Kane was merely a one-season wonder have been made to look very silly this season.
The England international, who scored a magnificent 31 goals for Tottenham last season, has 19 to his name already this term.
Still just 22, Kane has the potential to become one of Europe’s very best strikers.
Goals this season: 15
Edinson Cavani, like Harry Kane, netted 31 goals in all competitions last term and has 15 so far this season.
The Paris Saint-Germain striker, 29, has never felt entirely settled at the Parc des Princes because he’s had to play second-fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic throughout that time.
Cavani’s dad said his son would thrive at Manchester United - or Real Madrid or Juventus - earlier this week, and it’s hard to disagree.
Goals this season: 19
Jamie Vardy is the story of the season so far in the Premier League.
The 29-year-old was playing non-league football less than four years ago and now leads the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot award.
While clearly talented, the Leicester City forward is probably at the right club. A move to Manchester United would probably end in disappointment for the England international.
Goals this season: 16
A superstar in the making, Paulo Dybala looks set to become the next great Argentina forward.
The 22-year-old is flourishing with Juventus following his summer move from Palermo and already has 16 goals to his name this term.
Paul Pogba reckons Dybala can reach the same level as Lionel Messi - and even though that’s unlikely to happen, there’s no doubt his left foot is similarly special.
Goals this season: 20
Chelsea must have feared there would be a high chance they’d regret selling Romelu Lukaku after agreeing a £28 million fee with Everton in the summer of 2014.
Last season the Belgium international scored 20 goals in 48 appearances for the Toffees; this term he hit the same tally in 18 fewer appearances.
Still just 22, Lukaku would be a stunning signing for United - but Everton would demand a fortune.
Goals this season: 27
The top scorer on this list, by some distance, is Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international would reportedly cost United around the £70 million mark, but he’ll be worth every penny if he brings his goalscoring boots to Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old is lethal inside the box and would surely be able to replicate his magnificent Bundesliga form in the Premier League.
Which of the six strikers should replace Wayne Rooney this summer? Let us know by leaving a comment below.