Man United planning major striker shuffle

Manchester United are ready to sign Radamel Falcao permanently from Monaco, but will immediately use him in a swap deal for Edinson Cavani, who is seen as the ideal replacement for Robin van Persie, according to reports from The Metro.

The Colombian is currently on loan at Old Trafford, and despite the fanfare he arrived to over the summer, the 28-year-old’s spell in England has been, so far, a disappointing one.

Injuries have interrupted Falcao’s progress, but three goals in the Premier League is far from the return the club hoped for when they paid a loan fee of around £6m with a view to a permanent transfer for another £44m for him.

United are said to be ready to pay the fee needed for him regardless of his struggles, but the swoop will be used to open the door for Cavani to come to the Premier League.

The Uruguayan plays for Monaco’s Ligue 1 rivals PSG. And is rumoured to be looking to leave Paris due to the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which has led to a role on the wing for the ex-Napoli ace.

The French champions could be willing to take a player of Falcao’s quality in exchange, with maintaining a strong front line appealing to the Middle Eastern-backed club.

United are understood to see Cavani as the ideal long-term replacement for Van Persie, who will be 32 by the time the 2015/16 campaign kicks off.