Man Utd eye AFCONQ top scorer

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Zambia forward Patson Daka, who was the top goalscorer during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Daka, 22, has been in prolific form for club side Red Bull Salzburg this season and boasts a return of 27 goals in 31 appearances across all competitions, including a league-high 20 goals in 18 Austrian Bundesliga games.

Austrian publication Salzburger Nachtricten report that the Chipolopolo star's form in front of goal has seen his market value rise to above €20 million (~R350 million), and that Premier League giants United are considering a bid to secure his services. 

The Kafue-born forward carried his remarkable club form over onto the international stage where he scored four goals across Zambia's two AFCON qualifiers this month, taking his overall tally to five for the qualification campaign.

Despite being the joint-highest-scoring player in qualifying for Africa's showpiece tournament, alongside Nigeria's Victor Osimhen, Daka was unable to help his side qualify for the tournament, with the 2012 champions missing out to Zimbabwe and reigning titleholders Algeria.

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"Despite us winning, it’s a very emotional night for us knowing that we could not go to the Africa Cup," he recently told Bolla Zambia. "It is one thing that we were looking forward to but unfortunately the plan from God and we just have to accept what has happened."

However, Zambia's failure to qualify for the tournament could be a blessing in disguise for Daka's prospects of securing a big-money move, as he will now be available at club level during the busy January and February periods next month when the tournament is scheduled to take place.

Should United wish to act on their interest, the English side would reportedly have to break Salzburg's transfer record for a sale, which currently stands at €29.5 million (~R512 million) following Naby Keita's 2016 move to RB Leipzig.

The Red Devils are also likely to face stiff competition for sought-after forward's signature, with domestic rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City all also said to be keeping an eye on him per the Daily Mail.

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