Manchester United set sights on ex-Liverpool target to solve striker crisis


Manchester United have set their sights on Besiktas’ star striker Mario Gomez according to Calciomercato.

The Italian newspaper states that Louis van Gaal is looking to bring the Germany international to Old Trafford in an effort to bolster his attacking options.

Gomez is currently on a season-long loan at Besiktas where he has re-discovered his killer instinct in front of goal. The 30-year-old has scored nine goals in 13 games so far this season.

Van Gaal worked with Gomez during his time at Bayern Munich. The Germany international won the Bundesliga twice and the Champions League during his time with the German giants.

“I was manager of Bayern, and there the striker was Mario Gomez, and he touched the ball nine times as an average in a game,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“The highest was 14 balls but he scored every game and I don’t think that our strikers touch the ball less. It’s how the balls are coming to him, how he decides, how quick he is in dealing with the situation, it’s much more complicated than everyone is thinking.”

Gomez was also heavily linked  with a move to Liverpool in the summer according to the Daily Express newspaper.

United currently have the lowest goal tally in the top four while Gomez’s Beşiktaş side have scored the most goals in the league (27).

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