Interest fee

Ten Hag has announced a fee for the striker who could replace Ronaldo in January

Manchester United have been told the fee they would have to pay to bring in Chilean Ben Brereton Díaz, according to a new report.

The Red Devils have enjoyed something of a revival in recent months. Before Sunday’s tired display against Aston Villa, where they lost 3-1, Erik ten Hag’s side had been on a nine-game unbeaten run.

One cause for concern, however, was the striker’s position.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s powers have diminished – he looks slower and less clinical. The 37-year-old has played 16 times this season, including 10 starts, but has only scored three goals.

Meanwhile, Martial suffered a series of injuries throughout the season which limited his playing time.

The Frenchman, who found the net last night in a 4-2 win over Villans in the Carabao Cup, has scored four goals this season in just six appearances.

Ten Hag favors a mobile striker, and given Martial’s torrid luck with injuries, the Man Utd boss could dive into the market in January.

Brereton Diaz the answer?

Man Utd have been linked with a range of forwards, young and old, and of varying quality. Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix has been touted, as has PSV’s Cody Gakpo.

Former Stoke City striker Eric Choupo-Moting, who recently ended up at Bayern Munich, has also been linked.

Another left field name that has come into the frame is Blackburn and Chile striker Brereton Díaz, who has scored nine league goals this season, having netted 22 times last season.

A £10million-plus deal is believed to be enough to persuade Blackburn to sell, although the transfer would affect their promotion bid.

Brereton Díaz’s contract ends next summer, and there are around 20 clubs who would challenge Ten Hag’s side for his signature.

In England, Tottenham, West Ham, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Wolves are also in contention, while on the continent Sevilla, Ajax, Union Berlin, Atalanta, Sassuolo and Salernitana have reportedly shown interest.