Reports: Chelsea and Manchester United to battle it out for £36 million-rated striker

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Another battle?

What's the story?

Chelsea and Manchester United are both in need of another striker as their current strikers are not living up to their expectations. Alvaro Morata cost the Blues the last game against Arsenal which ended in a 2-2 draw. Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku has misfired in his last 3 Premier League games.

Both the managers now want another top quality goal scoring striker on their team this month and have reportedly identified Porto star striker Moussa Marega, according to the Metro.

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Marega joined Porto in 2016 and was then sent to loan to Vitoria Sport Clube for the rest of the season, where he scored 14 goals in his 31 league appearances. He then made his debut this season at Porto, and in his 16 league appearances so far, he has 14 goals and 2 assists to his name.

It is further believed that Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City are also keeping tabs on the player.

The heart of the matter

Chelsea's and United's respective strikers have both failed to live up to their expectations at their respective clubs. Both of them had a promising start in this season, but that has slowly faded away. And this has understandably worried both Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.

The Reds are 2nd in the league while the Blues are 3rd, with just 1 point separating both the clubs. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been struggling with his knee lately and Michy Bastusayi, who has failed to impress the Italian, might be on the move to get some playing time under his belt.

That has left both the managers with just 1 striker and they have the chance to change it this month.

The 26-year-old striker has impressed in the Portuguese league and that has caught the attention of the Premier League giants, who are allegedly set to battle it out for the £36 million-rated Mali striker this month.



Author's take

Marega will a good addition to either of the clubs. Although he would be cup-tied, he can still play in the Premier League and other cups. He has proven his worth and would be an asset to either of the managers who will look to bring in a quality striker this month.

His price tag is something both clubs can easily pay, but whether the Blues are willing to pay that amount, remains to be seen.

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Edited by Aakanksh Sanketh
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