After signing young striker Anthony Martial last summer, Manchester United are now aiming for another young prodigy. He is Zurich striker Nishan Burkhart.
Louis Van Gaal’s men suffered their consecutive second loss yesterday when Bournemouth defeated them 2-1. Previously it was Champions League clash against Wolfsburg where the German side won 3-2 and knocked Manchester United out of the tournament. United needed to bounce back from that loss but they failed yet again. Junior Stanislas and Joshua King scored to win it 2-1 for the Cherries.
Main reason of this loss was surely the injuries. Six main defenders could not play in the last match. On the other hand, captain Wayne Rooney was missing too. Naturally, it increased problems with scoring. Manchester United have suffered from scoring issues throughout the season and the coach is in search of a striker who can be a permanent solution.
Previously it was rumored that the Old Trafford side are going after Thomas Muller, Harry Kane or they would try to bring back Cristiano Ronaldo. While those speculations are still on, reports suggest that United are also targeting Swiss youth international Nishan Burkhart.
Burkhart is only 15 at the moment and will turn 16 in the coming January. His playing style has been compared to Arsenal’s winger Theo Walcott. He already played two matches for Swiss national team at the under 15 level and netted one goal.
The youngster’s performance has already attracted attentions from Arsenal, Southampton and Chelsea. But Manchester United are hoping that they would be able to convince Burkhart’s family to come to Old Trafford. They are ready to promise him that he will be given appropriate chances to progress. However, it is still unknown how much they would like to offer Nishan Burkhart.
Manchester United are also considering few other young players. But, they may face competition from Chelsea for teenage Ajax midfielder Juan Familia-Castillo. The Red Devils may also try to sign US youth international Matt Olosunde. Nishan Burkhart is another name on this list.
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