Manchester United are lining up a shock £50 million move for Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, according to The Sun.
The 22-year-old has scored three goals in two games since Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Goodison Park.
United have identified the target man as an alternative to Erling Haaland who joined Dortmund instead of the Red Devils.
The report suggests that Calvert-Lewin has been on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar for months, as he tries to add to his ranks during January.
The youngster has eight goals in 14 Premier League appearances and is playing like a man bang in form.
Back-to-back wins have thrust Everton into tenth place in the table and Ancelotti will want to keep his better players at the club.
Had United managed to land Haaland he will have only cost an £18 million release clause. As a result, the bounty on Calvert-Lewin’s head does appear excessive.
Solskjaer’s team are four points behind Chelsea in the race for the top four and he knows signings will be needed to guarantee a Champions League berth.
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United fans were jubilant when they thought the race had been won to land Haaland. When he was announced by Dortmund the joy turned to despair.
To then be linked with Calvert-Lewin represents a real downgrade.
The England under-21 striker has looked the part since Ancelotti arrived but he has shown little at Goodison Park to suggest he is a £50 million player.
If United are going to part with such a sum for a striker then they should perhaps look elsewhere.