Manchester United is closing in on 23-year-old Brazilian international Matheus Cunha from Atletico Madrid. The Red Devils are negotiating with Atletico Madrid over a potential transfer fee of £42 million but Atletico wants more than £50 million for the Brazilian.
After reports that Manchester United is prepared to let Cristiano Ronaldo leave. The likes of Jamie Vardy, Alvaro Morata, and Marco Arnautovic had all been linked with a move to Old Trafford.
However, former Premier League stars and now pundits Shay Given and Ally McCoist have urged Manchester United to sign either Brentford striker Ivan Toney or Newcastle striker Callum Wilson.
Both players are experienced in the Premier League. Callum Wilson has scored 62 goals and provided 17 assists in 172 Premier League appearances. While Ivan Toney has also scored 13 goals and provided 7 assists in 37 appearances in the Premier League.
What was said?
Reacting to Manchester United’s pursuit for Matheus Cunha, Shay Given told TalkSports: “It feels like Man United have a bucket of names and they are dipping into it and pulling out a name.
“It seems like there is no plan.”
When asked why Manchester United is not interested in signing strikers in the Premier League like Ivan Toney, he replied: “I don’t understand it either. They are not the Man United of old who could take their pick of the best players in Europe.
“They are shopping in a different market.
“There are some brilliant strikers and Ivan Toney is a good example. Brentford fans won’t be happy to hear that, but a few other clubs are sniffing around as well.”
Meanwhile, follow pundits Ally McCoist believes Callum Wilson will be a good ideal signing for Manchester United.
“There is a massive amount of quality around the league. Ivan Toney is certainly one of them,” the former Sunderland star said.
“Another that I like, I know he’s had his injuries, but it is Callum Wilson up at Newcastle. I think he’s in a different class.
“It’s a little like coaches. A period a couple of years ago where Portuguese coaches were the flavor of the month and they didn’t want a coach from the United Kingdom.
“Sometimes there’s excellent talent on your doorstep.
“Brentford has an outstanding forward in the Premier League, you don’t always have to go [abroad].
“The guy United are interested in from Atletico Madrid, I’m having to do a bit of work on him as he’s not someone I know a lot about.
“His stats are okay, but Shay makes a great point. Is it better to take a lesser gamble with someone who knows the league, knows the teams? Probably yes.”