There’s no doubt about it, Erling Haaland is Manchester United’s top transfer target when it comes to signing a new No 9. But, unfortunately, the same could be said about up to five other European clubs as the race for the Norwegian hots up.
United have already been left to rue their decision not to sign the forward in January 2020, when he was available for just £18million.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even flew to Salzburg to sit down with his former player and his entourage at the end of 2019, in a bid to set up a deal.
The United hierarchy eventually walked away from the table due to the agent fees demanded by Mino Raiola. The call has haunted them ever since.
Borussia Dortmund hold all the power when it comes to selling Haaland this summer, with his £64m release clause not due to be active until 2022.
Yes, they have Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood but none of those have shown they can be regularly relied on as the centre-forward. United need a fresh face capable of hitting 25 goals or more every season.
Super-agent Jorge Mendes could have the answer, should United fail to strike a deal with Raiola and Dortmund for Haaland.
Andre Silva has 19 Bundesliga goals to his name this season, the same tally as Haaland.
The Eintracht Frankfurt frontman is finally living up to expectations following mixed spells with both AC Milan and Sevilla respectively.
Silva is in the form of his life and still has a while to go until his reaches his peak.
Young, prolific strikers are currently few and far between in the transfer market as we approach the end of an era.
The likes of Cavani, Sergio Aguero, Karim Benzema, Luis Suarez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Robert Lewandowski are now in the tail end of their careers.
Haaland is the torchbearer and by far the best option if you’re looking for a striker but he will not come cheap.
Competition is fierce but Silva represents the second-best available candidate for any club in need of a new centre-forward.
Not only that, but his profile is tailor-made for United who have close relations with Jorge Mendes following the signing of Bruno Fernandes.
Silva knows the attacking midfielder well from their time together in the national team and both players are part of the Gestifute stable.
Mendes will be looking to earn his client an even bigger move at the end of the season following his breathtaking form at Frankfurt and is likely to cost just half the price of Haaland. For United, he could prove to be the perfect solution.