Manchester United identify Rooney replacement

Luis Muriel

Manchester United have identified young Colombian forward Luis Muriel as a potential replacement for Wayne Rooney, according to the Metro.

Manager David Moyes is said to be a long term admirer of the Udinese forward, who he considered bringing to Everton during his spell at Goodison Park, only to be knocked back by the asking price.

Moyes is ready to push a deal through this time around however, should Rooney get his wish and be granted a move away from Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old has been the subject of one of the summer’s longest transfer sagas, with United currently sticking to their stance that the forward is not for sale, despite two official offers from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The saga has tested Moyes’ managerial abilities to the full, and the Scot is determined not to be caught short of if the striker does eventually depart.

Muriel has been identified as the first choice replacement, as the 22-year-old has the potential to play as an out-and-out forward, just behind the striker or out wide.

He scored an impressive 11 goals for Udinese last season, and is believed to be available for a fee in the region of £18million.

The young forward is also said to have been attracting attention from the likes of Liverpool, and Barcelona, with scouts from all three teams said to have been present at Udinese’s Europa League qualifier last week – a game in which Muriel bagged two goals.

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