Former Manchester United star Lee Sharpe has claimed that Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy could be an ‘ideal’ signing for the Red Devils this summer.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, in conjunction with William Hill, former Manchester United midfielder Lee Sharpe has urged the club to consider signing Jamie Vardy from Leicester City this summer.
Manchester United have had a reasonably solid transfer window, having brought in Tom Heaton, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. However, there is a feeling that the Red Devils could do with the addition of another No. 9 to the squad, considering that Anthony Martial has been inconsistent while Marcus Rashford is recovering from an injury.
Edinson Cavani remains an option but the Uruguayan is in the final year of his contract and has missed the entire pre-season and the early parts of the season, meaning he will have to be eased into action. With the situation being as it is, Sharpe has called on Manchester United to make a move for another No. 9 this summer instead of waiting to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in the summer next year.
“I definitely think they need another goal scorer, I would like them to bring in another striker, a no.9, a goal scorer who can bang in 20/25 goals a season. Obviously Cavani is world-class, we know he’s not going to play every game, every minute,” he said.
“The rumour mill is still floating around about Haaland potentially coming next year so that makes you think twice about bringing someone in this summer, but if United are short anywhere, it’s in the No.9 area.”
Then, opening up on who he thought would be a good fit, Sharpe pointed out Leicester City’s veteran forward Jamie Vardy as the ‘ideal’ option for Manchester United for a year or two. “Someone like a Vardy, I don’t know if we will get Vardy, but I think he would be an ideal choice for a couple of seasons,” he said.
Vardy has established himself as a cult figure and legend at Leicester City and in the Premier League for his amazing goalscoring exploits. Having started out in non-league football to going on to win the Premier League title with the Foxes in 2015/16 and then the FA Cup last season, the 34-year-old has had an amazing journey.
And despite his advanced years, Vardy continues to be a potent force in front of goal, having scored in Leicester’s 1-0 win over in the season opener last weekend. Nonetheless, a move to Manchester United at this stage of his career, especially with the Foxes also competing for a top-four finish, looks highly improbable.