Did you really believe this man wouldn’t come up in the press in the build-up to a transfer window? That’s right, folks… we have an Edinson Cavani update for you via The Express, who claim that Manchester United are keen on the Uruguayan.
— Express Sport (@DExpress_Sport) 10 December 2016
Well, it’s not as clear-cut as some transfer rumours, but the Express claim Man United want Cavani, who could be a potential replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Although stopping short of claiming that a deal is being actively sought by the Red Devils, they do say that the 29-year-old marksman’s contract talks with Paris Saint-Germain are rumbling on and these discussions aren’t going that smoothly – when has anything ever been simple between the South American and the perennial Ligue 1 champions?
Cavani’s current terms run out in 2018, meaning that he’s now approaching the tricky 18 months left on his deal period in which, given his age, his value will plummet if the Parisians don’t act fast. This has seemingly alerted Joe Mourinho, said to be a big fan of ‘El Matador’, who has, the Express say, been a target of both Man United and Chelsea over the last year-and-a-half. Hmmmmm.
Although we now all often dismiss the mere mention of the Uruguayan’s name in relation to a transfer, the ex-Napoli and Palermo marksman as a potential Man United signing makes some sense. Although ‘Ibra’ is the top dog at Old Trafford now, the Swede is 35 and his contract, albeit with an option to extend his stay until 2018, expires at the end of the season. Ibrahimovic may, however, decide that the grass is greener (or the leagues are slower) in either the USA or China before too long, though.
Cavani will be no spring chicken by the time the summer rolls around, but a cut-price offer for the man that once cost upwards of £50m would fall within the Manchester giants’ vast financial reach and provide Mourinho with a proven marksman to help mount a serious title challenge.
Interestingly, Corriere dello Sport over in Italy believe that James Rodriguez is being eyed up by PSG as a marquee buy, so they may opt to cash in on one of their biggest earners to help fund a move for the Colombian.
With 16 goals in 15 Ligue 1 games this season, Cavani remains a lethal forward. He has, in fact, scored 160 times in league action since the 2009/10 season, illustrating his longevity, with his peak haul of 29 coming across the 2012/13 Serie A season with Napoli. He’s a proven goal-getter, then!