Van Gaal cryptically noted the target is “not a striker that the media has written (about)” – appearing to rule out Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani. Here, Press Association Sport looks at five other strikers who might be on the Dutchman’s radar. Press Association Manchester United are in the process of signing a new striker, but manager Louis van Gaal has insisted he is not a forward the club have been strongly linked with. ALVARO MORATA – Cast aside by Real Madrid last summer, Morata enjoyed a memorable 2014-15 as Juventus nearly won the treble in his first season in Turin. He has a knack of scoring in big games – netting in both legs of the Champions League semi-finals against his old club and in the final against Barcelona – and has the physical attributes needed to cope with the hurly-burly of English top-flight football. The snag? Morata is unlikely to come cheap with four years left on the 22-year-old’s five-year deal, plus Madrid have a buy-back option. MAURO ICARDI – The joint-top scorer in Serie A last year recently signed a contract extension to keep him at Inter Milan until 2019, not that his new deal will deter Europe’s top clubs if the 22-year-old replicates his recent form. He accrued 22 league goals and was the division’s leading scorer alongside the evergreen Luca Toni, despite the fact Inter only finished eighth. In Manchester derbies, United’s scourge has often been Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero. Maybe they will be able to fight fire with fire next term? PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG – Van Gaal has been strongly linked with Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan but perhaps it was all just a ruse to put people off the scent of the Borussia Dortmund player he really wants? Aubameyang has helped Dortmund get over the lose of Lewandowski with two goal-laden campaigns in Germany, finding the net 42 times in 95 games since moving from St Etienne. The Gabon international is also versatile – equally adept at playing out wide – a characteristic Van Gaal tends to covet in players. ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE – Sure Lyon’s French international recently hinted he would be willing to stay for another season leading up to Euro 2016 in his own country, but U-turns are all the rage, just ask Fabian Delph. Nobody scored more than Lacazette’s 27 goals in Ligue 1 last season – not even Zlatan Ibrahimovic – and Lyon have a history of selling their best players. United missed out on Michael Essien and Karim Benzema in the Sir Alex Ferguson era and need to land top targets even more now they are playing catch up. KEVIN VOLLAND – One of Europe’s most promising young forwards has already broken into the senior team of the World Cup holders and was the second top scorer at this summer’s European Under-21 Championships. Last term Volland managed double figures for a Hoffenheim squad that included new Liverpool signing Roberto Firmino, while he also chipped in with five assists in the Bundesliga. Another who can play in multiple positions in attack, he would have an excellent mentor in former prodigy Wayne Rooney.
Email Address* Essential workers, who range from grocery store clerks to teachers, make an average of about $56,000 a year. An affordable rent is defined as no more than 30 percent of gross income, or approximately $1,400 a month for those workers.Of course, about half of the city’s rental units are rent-stabilized, which economists say distorts the city’s rental market and makes market-rate housing more expensive. Turnover and vacancy rates for the city’s 900,000-plus rent-regulated units tend to be very low, and evidence suggests those rates haven’t increased as much during the pandemic as they have for market-rate units.In January, the median monthly asking rent in Manhattan was $2,750, a 15.5 percent drop from a year earlier and the largest year-over-year decline since 2010. Brooklyn and Queens median rents each had record decreases as well, falling by 8.6 percent to $2,395 and $2,000, respectively.[NYT] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Share via Shortlink From mid-March to the end of 2020, only 11,690 units citywide were affordable to essential workers (iStock)Rents have fallen across the city, but most market-rate apartments are still out of reach for essential workers.From mid-March to the end of 2020, only 11,690 units citywide were affordable to essential workers — 40 percent more than during the same period the year prior, but still a pittance, according to a StreetEasy study reported by the New York Times.The apartments represented just 4 percent of the city’s market-rate rental inventory.“It sounds like a really compelling stat,” StreetEasy economist Nancy Wu told the Times of the 40 percent increase. “But at the end of the day, about 96 percent of apartments on StreetEasy are still unaffordable to them.”Read more2021 poised to be good year for townhouse salesManhattan’s luxury market sees best week since 2016Manhattan and Brooklyn renters sign leases in record numbers Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Tags Full Name* Home Pricesrent regulationRental MarketResidential Real EstateStreetEasy