KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United is being linked to Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin and RB Salzburg's Karim Adeyemi
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani are unlikely to prolong their stay at Old Trafford after their current deals expire
  • Cavani, who signed a one-year extension in May, has long been linked to a return to his homeland of Uruguay

Manchester United may already have some names in mind for the players who would lead the team’s frontline in the future, reports suggested.

This past transfer window was arguably Manchester United’s most successful summer in terms of recruitment. The club signed Edinson Cavani to a contract extension, and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo served as the cherry on top.

However, one thing the pair have in common is that their twilight years in the sport are approaching. Manchester United’s scouting team may already be working on a shortlist of strikers to replace them next summer, and one player they could consider is Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Manchester Evening News reported.

Calvert-Lewin is “expected to be near the top” of Manchester United’s transfer wish list following his phenomenal run with the Toffees, the report said.

Calvert-Lewin joined Everton in 2016 and has been consistently impressive on the pitch. However, it was during the team’s 2020-21 campaign when the Englishman reached a crescendo, finishing the season with 21 goals, 16 of which came in the English Premier League.

Aside from Calvert-Lewin, a more recent report from the outlet claimed that the Red Devils may also target RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi.

According to the report, Manchester United “might be able to rectify” its mistake in missing the opportunity to sign Borussia Dortmund goal-scoring machine Erling Haaland by strategically planning a swoop for Adeyemi.

In his first full senior team season with RB Salzburg last year, Adeyemi made his mark on the team after netting an impressive nine goals in 10 matches across all competitions. Atop that, the forward also registered an exceptional 11 assists to his name.

Should things go in favor of Manchester United in its pursuit of Calvert-Lewin and Adeyemi sooner rather than later, the team will have ample time to hone the pair of youngsters into ideal replacements for Ronaldo and Cavani.

Ronaldo will soon be entering the second season of his two-year contract with Manchester United, and the possibility of renewal remains uncertain, according to Manchester Evening News. He will be 38 when the deal expires.

Cavani, on the other hand, signed a one-year extension in May. However, he has long been linked to a return to his homeland of Uruguay, and the outlet noted that the veteran striker “looked set” to finally make it happen next summer.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Cristiano Ronaldo Photo: AFP / Oli SCARFF