Report: Manchester United turn attention to Aston Villa hero Christian Benteke

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Aston Villa star Christian Benteke.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are preparing to make a big-money move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

The Red Devils confirmed two deals on their official site on Saturday, with Torino right back Matteo Darmian joining the club, whilst an agreement to sign Bayern Munich ace Bastian Schweinsteiger was also announced.

Now, manager Louis van Gaal will turn his attention to other transfer targets, with a new striker needed after Radamel Falcao's departure earlier this summer.

The Sun believe that van Gaal's first choice target is Aston Villa hero Benteke, who finished the season in fine form with 11 goals in the final nine game of the Premier League campaign, bringing his tally to 49 goals in 100 games for Villa since joining from Genk back in 2012.

The 24-year-old's future is up in the air, with The Guardian reporting last week that Benteke has asked Villa for a transfer, whilst manager Tim Sherwood recently told Sky Sports that there is a £32.5m release clause inserted into the Belgian international's contract.

The Sun report that United may be willing to pay that huge fee for Benteke, in a move which would usurp rivals Liverpool, who are also interested in the striker.

Ideal for United?

Last season, United lacked athleticism up front. Neither Radamel Falcao nor Robin van Persie offered strength or pace in attack - two attributes Benteke can bring to United.

Van Gaal also lacked a player to get on the end of crosses last term, which is an area where Benteke excels, using his huge frame and excellent strength to dominate defenders.

Some may have concerns over Benteke's technical ability, but as a penalty-box predator and powerful target man, Benteke could be the perfect striker for what United need.

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