Man United boosted in £55m prolific hit-man chase

Manchester United have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of £55m-rated Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, with Metro suggesting that the player is ready to leave the French capital.

The Red Devils are believed to have made the Uruguayan one of their top targets heading into the summer window, with the futures of their own crop of strikers unclear.

Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao are thought to no longer feature in Louis van Gaal’s long-term plans, which could leave the Dutchman with just Wayne Rooney and rookie hit-man James Wilson to call upon.

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Cavani – who netted a wonderful goal against Lille over the weekend – is a reported target, and amid the speculation surrounding his future a source close to the player has revealed that a move in a few months’ time in an option:

“There is no question that he will not stay one more season if the sporting situation doesn’t change. This is the bottom line,” the source said.

“Edinson understood that, in the interests of the team, he had to play on the right side and he has done that for two years now.

“But that’s not to say that the position suits him. He wants to play at the axis of the attack – his preferred position – and not only when Ibrahimovic is absent.

“He needs continuity in that position to fully express the qualities that made him a top scorer in Italy.”

Cavani has endured a tough two seasons at PSG following his move from Napoli, with the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic having often seen him deployed from a wide position.

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