Every top club wants a No. 9 striker. Osimhen to Man United? - ESPN

2023-06-08 08:02:33  • 7 mins

As the summer transfer window edges ever closer (find out when it opens across Europe here), there's one thing that's clear: most of the continent's top clubs are looking to sign a new No. 9 striker.

With Erling Haaland's 52 goals in 52 games for Manchester City this season proving that a central goal scorer is a key part of any team, a number of teams will be looking to the transfer market to boost themselves in this position.

Here's some of the options who could be available, and which clubs would suit them best.

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Harry Kane, 29, Tottenham Hotspur

Karim Benzema, arguably one of best centre-forwards ever, has left Real Madrid to join the Saudi Pro League and it would be logical to replace him with a world-class goal scorer of proven pedigree. If Madrid had been signing a backup, they could have gone down the "up-and-coming" route, but now they need instant quality -- alongside, sources say, a planned loan deal for Espanyol's Joselu.

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