Man United have a lack of strikers in their squad and Erik ten Hag may look to address that in the next summer transfer window. Real value can be found in the Bosman transfer market and Manchester United know that all too well. The signing of Christian Eriksen is looking like the coup of the summer already, with the classy midfielder bringing a degree of technical proficiency United haven’t enjoyed in the middle of the park for years. It’s a wonder there wasn’t stiffer competition for his signature, but it has certainly worked out well for Erik ten Hag.

Striker is a position that United will certainly need to improve next summer, with two new additions perhaps being ideal. United are extremely low on attacking options and it’s only the resurgence of Marcus Rashford that has prevented a bit of a crisis this season. Anthony Martial looked prime to lead the line but has struggled with injuries and hardly played. The only other option, Cristiano Ronaldo, doesn’t suit Ten Hag’s style and wants to leave anyway.

The Portuguese’s contract expires at the end of the season and, although United hold the option to extend it by a year, he may be allowed to leave if he isn’t in the manager’s plans. Should he depart, that would leave Ten Hag with just two senior striker options, both of whom have struggled with form and fitness in recent times.

One such name is Lyon’s Moussa Dembele, who United have been monitoring for some time. The Manchester Evening News revealed back in March that United were looking at Dembele ahead of the summer window and they considered a late swoop in August but ultimately decided against it. But signing him for nothing could be a tempting proposition.

The Frenchman has two goals already this season despite losing his starting berth to Alexandre Lacazette; he scored 22 times in 36 games in the last campaign.