Man Utd Confident Of Securing €70m Deal For 25-Goal Hitman
Man Utd are set to launch a €70m move to sign Edinson Cavani with the club understood to be confident of pulling off what would be a record-breaking deaL
As we approach the opening of the summer window clubs will be intensifying their efforts in the transfer market so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Manchester United are linked with Edinson Cavani.
Manchester United are set to launch a sensational €70m move to sign Edinson Cavani with the club understood to be confident of pulling off what would be a record-breaking deal, according to reports today.
New United boss Louis van Gaal is expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer as he looks to overhaul a squad that finished down in seventh place in the Premier League last season. The Dutchman has left vice-chairman Ed Woodward in charge of overseeing the clubs transfer dealings while he’s away at the World Cup with Holland, and it looks like the deposed champions are ready to spend big to bring in a world class forward.
The Express are one of several newspapers who are reporting today that United are ready to table a mammoth €70m (£56m) bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, which if successful would smash the current British transfer record of £50m set when Chelsea signed Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi recently admitted that the 27-year-old was unhappy at being forced to play out wide to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovich in the middle, but he insists the player is happy in Paris and won’t be leaving this summer.
“He wants to play as a central striker, but these things are for the coach to decide and maybe he will change the system for next season.
“Cavani is very important for us, with his style of play he is very unselfish and he won’t leave.” Al-Khelaifi is quoted as saying by the Express.
However, Cavani also confirmed towards the end of last season that he plans to sit down and hold talks with PSG chiefs over his position and future at the club as he’s finding it difficult playing his more defensive role out on the wing.
This led to leading to speculation he could be set to leave just 12 months after moving to France from Napoli in a £54m move and the striker fuelled talk of a switch to England after admitting he is a fan of the Premier League, but insisted he knew nothing about his agent being in London back in February discussing terms with potential suitors.
Cavani said back in April:
“I have to give the best, regardless of the position. But no, it is not always easy,”
“I’m good in Paris, but there are some things that I’ll have to talk to the club about.
“Certain things should be done differently. Today I defend a lot, I have another idea of what my role in the team should be.
“As an attacker I am used to finishing attacks and scoring and today I must perform other tasks. No, it is not easy, it’s true.
“I do not want to talk about sacrifice, because I am happy putting the effort in. But today I hold a more defensive role than before.
“I am more like a defender and it is more difficult because, when I arrived, I had other ideas.”
“The Premier League? I like it. Was my my agent in London in February? I do not know, honestly.” Cavani is quoted as saying by ESPN
Reports suggest that United are aware a deal is going to be extremely difficult to pull off and they will have to wait until after the World Cup, but the club are understood to be confident they can secure what would be a major coup by luring Cavani to Old Trafford this summer.
It’s certainly an ambitious move by the former champions and you’d have to question whether they’d be able to persuade Cavani – who scored 25 goals in his debut season in Ligue 1 last year – to make the move without Champions League football on offer next season.
However, United are still a huge club and have the finances to pull this off, and with PSG being sanctioned by UEFA for failing to meet their Financial Fair Play guidelines, perhaps they can be persuaded to cash in on Cavani this summer?
It would be intriguing to see where the Uruguayan would play if he does make the move as United already have Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney on the books, so at least one of the trio would miss out on playing in their preferred central role next season.
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