Manchester United have left the number nine shirt open, perhaps meaning that they are planning a major transfer to fill the position.
Louis van Gaal has already signed Memphis Depay, Sergio Romero, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, but is yet to strengthen up front. This is particularly surprising as Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie have left the club, adding to the evidence that an arrival is on the way.
Here are five players who could fit the bill, and have already been linked to the Red Devils in the current transfer window…
5) Karim Benzema, Real Madrid
Arsenal have been linked heavily with the forward this summer, but United are also interested [Daily Express]. The 27-year-old has been a regular at the Bernabeu for the last six seasons, which is no mean feat. Moreover, the forward has won La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Champions League along the way.