New Direction? Manchester United eyeing La Liga marksman

Manchester United may make a move for up-and-coming Argentinian striker Luciano Vietto, according to reports this week.

British media outlet Talksport says:

Manchester United and Arsenal are monitoring Atletico Madrid forward Luciano Vietto.

Manchester United have been linked with some very high profile players this summer but a potential move for Vietto, twinned with the signing of young defender Eric Bailly, may represent a slight shift from the signings of fully-formed, A-list talents from the last few years.

Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Juan Mata and Bastian Schweinsteiger have all come in for huge fees and or salaries, but with mixed results. None of these guys could be described as outright successes in their time at Manchester United – indeed some would be viewed as abject failures.

By comparison Vietto is a much lower profile player with it all to prove in his career. He only signed for Atletico Madrid last summer after an excellent season at Villarreal, where he bagged 20 goals in 48 games.

But he had far less success in Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side with only 3 goals registered in 28 games for everybody’s second favourite club.

There is definite talent there – Vietto marries decent pace with a canny football brain – but perhaps Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is looking for the sort of hunger which only youth can bring.

The 22-year-old 5ft 8.5in striker has yet to play for Argentina seniors but he has hit 2 goals in 4 games for the U20s.

He would definitely be considered a long-term investment and TFF could still imagine Zlatan coming in next season to fire Manchester United back in The Champions League in the short-term.

Here are some of Luciano Vietto’s better moments in La Liga. Manchester United supporters – is he good enough for the first team?