Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal earlier this week claimed that a any mooted forward signing was ‘not the striker the media has written,’ and that we all must ‘wait and see.’
The wait may, however, now be at an end with the Mirror reporting that the United boss has been offered Juventus attacker Fernando Llorente.
It’s also said that United have asked to be ‘kept informed’ of the 30-year-old’s situation at the Italian champions.
With Edinson Cavani, Thomas Muller and Pedro all speculated as forward signings for the Manchester giants, in what is an extremely competitive market for top strikers, United may now have to settle for what some may view as a lesser option.
In 31 Serie A appearances last season Llorente managed just seven goals and one assist, albeit that he rarely played a full 90 minutes.
It shows just how tough it may be at present to sign the cream of the crop striker-wise, even for a club as big as United with their attentions now shifting to an ageing striker, who found playing time reduced with the Old Lady last season.
However, the Old Trafford men need someone to back up a small number of attacking options at present, with Wayne Rooney realistically the only well-worn, proven striker they have on their books.
Llorente may not be what United fans had dreamed for but with time running out and strikers hard to come by, he at least could provide some much-needed depth up front if he moves.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena