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Ivan Toney, a striker for Brentford, is reportedly a target for Manchester United.
After a dismal campaign his previous time out, Cristiano Ronaldo has informed United (opens in new tab) that he desires to leave the club this summer.
Only a sixth-place result in the Premier League for the Red Devils in 2021–2022 was achieved.
In the upcoming season, they will compete in the Europa League rather than the Champions League.
Ronaldo is eager to move on, despite the fact that a number of teams have disqualified themselves from pursuing a deal for the Portuguese superstar.
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Therefore, it appears more likely than not that Ronaldo will remain where he is (opens in new tab) for at least another year.
Nevertheless, United has created a backup plan in case the 37-year-old leaves before the transfer window ends at the start of September.
Toney is one of the players the club has reportedly given the once-over, according to the Daily Mirror (opens in new tab).
Last year, the 26-year-old had a standout season with Brentford, scoring 12 goals to keep Thomas Frank’s team from being demoted to the Championship.
The center-forward, who was competing in League One a little over two years ago, is also reportedly coveted by Leeds (opens in new tab), Newcastle (opens in new tab), and West Ham (opens in new tab).
But if United decides to go after Toney, they may anticipate moving to the front of the line.
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In the second half of the previous season, the ex-Peterborough forward and Christian Eriksen grew close.
Erik ten Hag is rumored to be considering bringing Toney to Old Trafford as well now that Eriksen has joined United.
With Anthony Martial’s future in doubt, Ronaldo is not the only United striker whose future is up in the air.
If Ronaldo or Martial aren’t on Ten Hag’s roster for 2022–23, he’ll look to add at least one forward player.
Due to a “family situation,” the Portuguese player will not be traveling with United on their preseason tour of Thailand and Australia.
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Since 2014, Greg Lea, a free-lance football writer, has filled in whenever FourFourTwo needed him. He started supporting Crystal Palace after seeing them lose to Port Vale 1-0 in 1998, and he once scored against Wilfried Zaha’s Whitehorse Manor in a primary school game (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).