Ten Hag could secure his very own Darwin Nunez with Man Utd swoop for £80m “superstar”

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Mason Mount and Andre Onana are the only players Manchester United has signed so far in the summer window, which has been relatively quiet for the club. In the next weeks, Erik ten Hag will be looking to add more players, especially with the Premier League season about to begin.

According to The Athletic, Rasmus Hojlund and Randal Kolo Muani have had discussions with the Dutchman who will undoubtedly be looking to improve his attacking options for the upcoming season.

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Hojlund is the top target, but it is clear that Ten Hag needs more than just one new striker if he wants to contend both domestically and in Europe the next season.

If the Frenchman joins the Premier League this summer, United may have to sell a few players to raise the necessary cash because he may cost them roughly £80 million.

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Despite being primarily a centre-forward, the 24-year-old can play throughout the front three, giving Ten Hag more alternatives. However, it is obvious that, should he sign with United, his ability to score goals will force him to play through the middle.

Kolo Muani has played in 147 matches for his senior team and has tallied 49 goals and 38 assists for a total of 147 points. It seems like he is growing better every year.

While playing for Nantes in 2021/22, he contributed to 20 goals—13 goals and seven assists—but it wasn’t until he joined Eintracht Frankfurt in 2022 that he started to live up to his potential.

It is easy to understand why teams like United are interested in him after he scored 23 goals and collected 17 assists in 46 games across all competitions, more than doubling his goal contributions from the previous year.

In terms of statistics, he is comparable to Liverpool forward Darwin Nez. Although the Uruguayan didn’t quite live up to his £85 million transfer fee, he still scored 15 goals in all competitions, and if given some time to adjust, he might turn out to be another great acquisition for the Anfield team.

Nunez and Kolo Muani both represent a serious danger in the final third, and according to FBref, Nunez is their sixth-most comparable player.

The Frenchman is among the best at moving the ball forward frequently while making sure he is a regular fixture in the box, as seen by his ranking in the top 13% for touches in the attacking penalty area per 90 minutes (6.24) and the top 7% for progressive carries (3.09) throughout Europe’s top five leagues.

Nunez performs well in each of these offensive categories, ranking in the top 2% for touches in the attacking penalty area per 90 (8.12) and the top 6% for progressive carries (3.18) across the major five European leagues. The parallels don’t stop there, though.

According to WhoScored, Nunez and Kolo Muani both identify key passes and finishing as their top strengths. The pair also frequently cut inside, so if Ten Hag is successful in pursuing a move for the nine-cap French international, he will undoubtedly have a potent forward option at his disposal.

He was even hailed as a “future superstar” by German legend Lothar Matthaus, but based on recent performance, it seems as though he is already making a name for himself internationally.

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