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Manchester United could clinch Ibra 2.0 in Wout Weghorst

Manchester United just keep on churning out results at the moment, sinking opponents with regularity after hitting a golden vein of form, and all this despite an established centre-forward to lead the line.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils are homing in on Burnley forward Wout Weghorst, who is catching the eye on loan at Turkish outfit Besiktas. 

Taking to Twitter, he said: “Manchester United have reached full, verbal agreement to sign Wout Weghorst! Understand deal will cost around €3m to Besiktas — Weghorst will join on loan from Burnley.

“Final step needed: Besiktas will only approve the deal if they find the right replacement.”

With moves being made to finalise a deal for the combative talisman, the prospective transfer signals an end to the search for a fresh presence in the centre to provide some respite for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who have been filling in the void following Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock departure from the club. 

The Netherlands international brings a wealth of experience and a newfound talismanic presence that could provide the cutting-edge United need in their exploits this season.

Ibra 2.0

While initial thoughts on the deal to sign a £12m striker, as he was valued when joining Burnley, that managed two goals in 20 appearances with the relegated Clarets last season might have been met with concern, Weghorst boasts a consistent goalscoring pedigree that signifies a shrewd deal bound to result in a short-term fix for the striking conundrum at Old Trafford.

This season, in the Turkish Süper Lig, the 30-year-old has extended his club career tally to 172 strikes after plundering an impressive eight goals and four assists from 16 appearances, starring as the established centre-forward for the outfit as they look to cement a title challenge, ten points off table-topper Galatasaray but with a game in hand.

And in Germany with VfL Wolfsburg, the nomadic ace tallied a stellar total of 70 goals and 22 assists from 144 appearances, including an emphatic 2020/21 campaign where he clinched 25 goals and nine assists from 41 total fixtures.

Once hailed for his “tireless” work rate by Bruno Labaddia, and indeed exhibiting tenacity and guile in abundance every time he takes to the pitch, the formidable forward could be the Red Devils’ next Zlatan Ibrahimovic, when considering the impact he could make at the Theatre of Dreams.

Both towering, physical athletes, standing at 6 foot 6, and the Swedish legend 6 foot 5, Weghorst could grasp the baton and continue the prolific brilliance of one of the modern age of football’s most prominent forwards.

With Weghorst winning a career average of 2.8 aerials per match, and the 41-year-old Ibrahimovic recording 2.5, there are discernible similarities between the two juggernauts.

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For the Red Devils, Ibrahimovic netted 29 goals and served ten assists across 52 appearances, hampered by a serious knee injury during his stay but exuding excellence nonetheless.

The “pressing monster” Weghorst – as dubbed by United personality Mark Goldbridge – would do well to emulate this, and he could prove to be a striking sensation in Manchester, much like Ibrahimovic, endeared by the United faithful to this day.