Robin van Persie is imminently due to arrive in Turkey, where he will be unveiled as a Fenerbache player following his sale from Manchester United.
The Dutchman’s departure has left his soon-to-be former employers looking a little light up front, with Wayne Rooney the only recognised senior striker who remains both on the books and in favour.
Understandably, this has opened the floor to speculation as to who the Old Trafford club will pursue to replace outbound RVP.
The Sunday Express are of the opinion it’ll be Gonzalo Higuain who’s targeted, while the Sun on Sunday reckon Christian Benteke is the one.
If it is a toss up between the two, picking the latter will reap the greater rewards.
Benteke has been widely tipped to leave Aston Villa this summer, though the west Midlands outfit are adamant he won’t be sold until his £32.5m release clause is activated.
That sum was deemed too steep for Liverpool, who have been most furiously linked with a move for the Belgian battering ram during the current transfer window.
Like United, the Reds’ need for a striker is apparent, but having spent copiously on the likes of Roberto Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne already this summer, their fiscal situation is not as healthy.
With additional funds freed up from the Van Persie sale, paying the fee to buy out Benteke’s Villa contract is even less of a worry for United.
He offers the physical dimension his glamorous Argentine counterpart lacks, while he also has great Premier League pedigree having scored into double figures in each of his three seasons as a Villan.
His total of 49 from 100 appearances across all competitions in claret and blue is especially laudable when it’s considered he has represented one of the weakest attacking outfits in recent Premier League editions.
With the improved service the Red Devils have to offer, there is every reason to anticipate hauls north of 20 in United colours.
Benteke’s power, speed and aerial presence makes him an ideal foil for Wayne Rooney, unlike Higuain, whose game revolves around finishing off moves from inside the box.
It’s a field he’s unarguably especially skilled in, as 53 goals across 102 Napoli outings will attest, but he’s valuation is north of the £50m threshold by his club, which is an expensive outlay United don’t have to make.
Recent instances such as crucial penalty misses in the Copa America final shootout and in Napoli’s Champions League qualification decider with Lazio on the last day of the Serie A campaign mean legitimate questions can be raised about his big-game mentality too.