Manchester United coaches have discussed the possibility of signing Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain if a move for Thomas Muller proves impossible, reports The Mail.
The Bayern Munich forward is believed to be Louis van Gaal's top target between now and the end of the summer transfer window, but having seen his £60m bid turned down, a deal in the next 12 days is highly unlikely.
But having seen Wayne Rooney struggle in the No.9 role–fans already urging him to be put back to the No10 role he flourished in last season–Van Gaal may move onto an alternative option.
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One of the players discussed by Manchester United coaches is Higuain. The Argentine has a release clause of €100million, but may be available for less after Napoli failed to qualify for this season's Champions League.
Higuain is, however, two years older than Muller and suffered a serious knee injury earlier in his career. If Manchester United are required to break their own transfer record to sign him, it may put Van Gaal off.
Huge monetary costs have already put the Red Devils off signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
He would be a huge name, but there is question as to how much the 33-year-old can bring to the Premier League.
Antoine Griezmann is also a firm option that has been discussed even though the Frenchman recently agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid that saw his release clause increase to £56million.
The striker has been a sensation for Real Sociedad and Atletico over the last two seasons and has also attracted interest from Chelsea.