Man Utd to sign striker on four-year deal – waiting for FIFA’s approval to finalise the transfer

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Manchester United are waiting for FIFA’s approval before adding a new striker to their ranks.

The Red Devils are gearing up to face Barcelona in the Europa League on Thursday. But Erik ten Hag’s side will be without some key players for the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie.

The United boss doesn’t expect Anthony Martial and Antony to be available for the game at Camp Nou. As such, he will have to either give another start to Wout Weghorst or depend on academy winger Alejandro Garnacho to trouble Barcelona’s defence. The situation once again points to the limited options Ten Hag has had in attack all season.

With the Glazers exploring the sale of the club, United weren’t very active in the winter window and only made two loan signings to strengthen the first team. But encouragingly, they are working to improve options at the youth level.

According to Fabrizio Romano, United are set to complete the signing of Cardiff City talent Gabriele Biancheri on a four-year pro contract. The Old Trafford outfit are waiting for FIFA’s approval ‘to finalise the deal’.

Further, Romano reports that United are also in the race to sign Kendry Paez. The versatile midfielder currently plays for Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle. Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen are also interested in Paez.

The United faithful will hope the Premier League giants show the same level of ambition to strengthen Ten Hag’s squad in the next transfer window.