Cristiano Ronaldo is in the final year of his contract with Manchester United. The legendary Portuguese striker tried to leave the club last summer, but stayed at Old Trafford.
However, he doesn’t seem to be an important part of new manager Erik ten Hag’s plans. Ronaldo has only started two Premier League games this season and hasn’t been in great form either. In 12 games in all competitions, he has scored just two goals and one assist.
It is very likely that the 37-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season. Ronaldo scored 24 goals and three assists in 39 games in all competitions last year. His departure will force Manchester United to look for a good central striker.Let’s now take a look at five players who could replace Ronaldo in Manchester United.
#5 Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
Victor Osimhen has been linked with Manchester United during the summer transfer window. Super agent Jorge Mendes is said to be trying to complete a swap deal where Napoli swap Osimhen for Ronaldo.
Osimhen has established himself as one of the most promising young strikers in Serie A. He has incredible pace and is also known for his excellent mobility.
#4 Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
Lautaro Martinez has been on Manchester United’s radar for quite some time. According to reports, Manchester United offered Inter Milan money and Anthony Martial for Martinez earlier this summer. The Argentine international would be a good signing for Ten Hag.
He is quick and technically gifted. Ten Hag’s team has skilled wingers and Martinez would help United become even more dangerous on the counterattack. Martinez has scored 79 goals and 26 assists in 195 appearances in all competitions for Inter Milan so far.Inter Milan are facing a financial crisis and although they would love to keep Martinez, they are unlikely to be completely against a move.
#3 Ivan Toney (Brentford)
Ivan Toney won’t be a high-profile replacement for Ronaldo, but he could prove to be extremely effective. Toney has been excellent for Brentford and has done a great job in the Premier League. In 33 games in the league, he has scored 12 goals and five assists.
The Englishman has been in great form this season as well, scoring eight goals and two assists in 10 Premier League appearances so far. He has the ability to create chances and is a very mobile, strong and athletic striker.
Toney also got on well with Christian Eriksen during the second half of the 2021-22 season when they played together at Brentford. This would be a reunion that could help Manchester United to a gold medal.
#2 Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
Joao Felix had some brilliant moments during his time at Atletico Madrid. But he has yet to fully live up to his promise. It is alleged that Diego Simeone’s conservative system has held him back, and Felix has often been linked with a departure in recent times.
According to A Bola, Felix’s relationship with Simeone has reached a point that is “irreparable”. The Portuguese striker is said to want to leave the club as early as January.Felix would be an excellent long-term replacement for Ronaldo. Ten Hag has worked wonders with young talent and can help Felix develop into the world star he has the potential to become.
#1 Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Kane is almost irreplaceable at Tottenham Hotspur. But Kane can’t be blamed for wanting to leave the club in search of silverware. For a player of his caliber, it is appropriate that he wins a few trophies during his club career, which is unlikely to happen at Spurs.
His departure has been strongly linked with Chelsea and Bayern Munich who are also said to be interested in him, and Manchester United could also enter the race and secure his services. Kane won’t come cheap, but he is one of the best strikers the Premier League has ever seen and has at least five more years at the top, and with his current form he would be an upgrade on Ronaldo.