Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reportedly told the club’s hierarchy that he wants Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani as he attempts to bolster his attacking options.
According to the Metro, Robin van Persie is on the verge of completing his £4.5m move to Fenerbahce, leaving his soon-to-be former manager with just three forwards to choose from: Wayne Rooney, James Wilson, and Javier Hernandez.
With Hernandez set to follow the former Arsenal man out of the door (via Manchester Evening News), van Gaal has set his sights as high as possible as he tries to construct a new strike force, capable of leading the Red Devils back into the Premier League title picture.
The Daily Star suggest that the Uruguayan is valued at around £60m. But, while the price tag may scare some, the 28-year-old’s goalscoring record in Ligue 1 would suggest that he is capable of justifying such a substantial fee. He has scored 34 times in 65 games for Laurent Blanc’s side, helping them clinch the domestic treble this past season.
That strike rate is even more impressive considering that Cavani spent some of the last campaign in a wider position, as former United defender Blanc preferred to use Zlatan Ibrahimovic down the middle. The Star suggest that his role has led to several disagreements between player and manager, and could be enough to convince him to move to Old Trafford.
However, as United know better than most, spending that amount on one player – who has enjoyed success elsewhere – can backfire. Angel Di Maria joined the club for £59.7m last summer (via Telegraph), having shone for Real Madrid, and at last year’s World Cup for Argentina.
However, the winger finished his first year in England looking a shell of his former self. Interestingly, PSG are keen on giving the 27-year-old the opportunity to rebuild his career in France (via Metro).
United fans will be hoping that, should they complete a deal, a big-money move for Cavani does not end the same way that it may do for Di Maria.