Manchester United are eyeing a deal for veteran African striker Vincent Aboubakar in January for a short term.

According to a report by Saudi Arabian outlet Okaz, Vincent Aboubakar has emerged as a surprise target for Manchester United. The Red Devils are in search of a striker who could fit into their plans. And they have submitted an offer to sign the veteran Cameroonian striker.

Manchester United got rid of Cristiano Ronaldo, deciding to terminate his contract. And the Portuguese international recently joined Al Nassr. But the player might need the help of his former club, as he has not been registered by the Saudi Arabian club.

The 37-year-old is the ninth foreign player in the Al Nassr squad. And the Saudi Arabian club must offload one such player to accommodate the former Manchester United forward in their squad.

They have now reportedly reached an agreement with Aboubakar to join a European club, and Manchester United might just rescue Ronaldo’s season. The veteran striker captained Cameroon in the recently-concluded FIFA World Cup 2022 and impressed with two goals in the group stage.

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Erik ten Hag has spoken highly of his attacking players. But the Manchester United manager has also explained he will need an additional striker to cope with the additional pressure in the coming weeks. Fixtures are coming thick and fast, and Manchester United are lying pretty thin in the attacking department.

Aboubakar, who recently emerged on their radar, would command a meagre amount. And Manchester United are likely to sign him on a temporary contract for the rest of the season. They have already been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix. But the Spanish club’s demand for an exorbitant loan fee has forced the Red Devils to cool their interest.

Due to their ongoing fund crunch, Manchester United would only be limited to loan and cut-price deals. So Aboubakar could be a short-term fix. Goals are coming free flowingly for the last few matches. But their poor goal difference might catch them pretty cold in near future.

Jack Butland recently became Manchester United’s first arrival in this transfer window, arriving on loan from Crystal Palace till the end of the season. Aboubakar has not had much experience in top European leagues, and it remains to be seen whether the current management is willing to take the risk at such a crucial juncture.

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