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Man United open talks with £42m-rated striker as Louis van Gaal looks to resolve problem area

Old Trafford side linked with Napoli goal-machine transfer.

Manchester United have made contact with Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain ahead of a potential summer move for the Argentine international, according to the Daily Express.

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The former Real Madrid forward’s future at the San Paolo looks uncertain following the departure of boss Rafa Benitez, and the Italian side’s inability to secure a Champions League berth could prove an obstacle in their attempts to keep hold of the striker.

Louis van Gaal opted against signing loaned-in marksman Radamel Falcao, after the Colombian managed just four Premier League goals this season, and, with Robin van Persie having also struggled, it appears the Man United boss has his sights set on a striker signing.

The Express claim Napoli are ready to sell Higuain for a fee of £42m and that may be a fee Man United are willing to pay.

Higuain is a proven prolific goalscorer who could well be tempted by a Premier League switch.

The lethal finisher notched up 107 goals in 190 La Liga fixtures before moving to Naples, where he has bagged 53 goals in two seasons, and Higuain could prove an ideal central striking weapon for Man United.

Van Gaal did turn to Wayne Rooney to fill a central striking role at times in 2014/15 but appeared to prefer using the England man in a withdrawn role.

Man United have already confirmed the capture of Dutch youngster Memphis Depay and though the PSV Eindhoven man has a real eye for goal, finishing the season as the Eredivisie’s top scorer, it’s likely he will be deployed in the same wide role van Gaal selected the player in whilst in charge of the Netherlands national team set-up.

The presence of national team colleagues Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo may act as further motivation for Higuain to consider a move to Man United.

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