Cristiano Ronaldo: Man United Identify Top Dutch Star They Want to Replace Veteran Striker

Cristiano Ronaldo: Man United Identify Top Dutch Star They Want to Replace Veteran Striker

  • Manchester United are in the market to search for an ideal striker who can replace embattled Cristiano Ronaldo
  • United parted ways with Ronaldo on November 22, with the club announcing he would leave with immediate effect
  • Reports suggest the Red Devils have identified Dutch star Cody Gakpo as the perfect choice to succeed Ronaldo
  • The 23-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence in recent months, drawing interest from top European clubs

Manchester United have reportedly shortlisted Dutch star Cody Gakpo as the number one target to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo's contract with Man United was unceremoniously ripped apart on Tuesday, November 22, with the club announcing the veteran striker was to leave 'with immediate effect.'

United's decision to part ways with their star came in the wake of his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

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Cody Gakpo celebrates after scoring during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A match between Senegal and the Netherlands at the Al Thumama Stadium. Photo by Mark Metcalfe.
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During the interview, Ronaldo did not mince his words in criticising United's top leadership, even aiming a direct dig at the club boss, Erik ten Hag.

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The striker's abrupt exit is understood to have sent the club back to the drawing board, with the side now hunting for his replacement.

Gakpo shortlisted for Ronaldo role

The Sun reports that the Red Devils are leading the transfer race for PSV Eindhoven star Gakpo, who is expected to fill Ronaldo's shoes at the Theatre of Dreams.

Gakpo was a top transfer target for the Premier League giants last summer, but the transfer failed to materialise.

The Dutch youngster continues to draw interest from a number of European clubs, with Liverpool and Arsenal thought to be interested.

However, according to CalcioMercato, United have taken a huge step towards signing the 23-year-old, who could arrive at Old Trafford as soon as January.

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The Netherlands international has amassed a staggering 13 goals and 17 assists in 24 appearances, across all competitions.

Ronaldo responds to United axing

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Cristiano Ronaldo has had his say after Manchester United terminated his contract with seven months left.

The former Real Madrid superstar has now said he is out to seek a new challenge as he exits Old Trafford.

In a statement released by the Portuguese star, the 37-year-old maintained he still has a strong affection for Man United and the fans.