Edinson Cavani: PSG striker 'informs' his agent to find him a move to the Premier League
United have been linked with Cavani earlier this year, but any move could spell the end for Wayne Rooney's United career
Monday 14 July 2014
Edinson Cavani could be on his way to the Premier League this summer after reports emerged that the Paris Saint Germain striker has asked his agent to find him a move to England, with Manchester United believed to be looking at the Uruguayan.
PSG insist that the striker is not for sale, having only signed Cavani from Napoli last summer in a club record 64.5m euros that also remains the largest transfer fee in French football history.
Having not enjoyed the best World Cup campaigns as he failed to push on following his goal against Costa Rica in the opening 3-1 defeat, his attentions will turn back to where his future lies, and he has previously signalled that a move away from Paris could be an option after growing frustrated with his club.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic the preferred central striker under Laurent Blanc, Cavani has seen himself shifted out to the wing occasionally, forming a front-three with the Swedish international and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Speaking during the World Cup, Cavani said: “In football you never know. Anything can happen.
“One day you're in one team and they next day you can be in another.”
United have been linked with a move for Cavani as had Premier League rivals Chelsea, but the blues’ £32m signing of Diego Costa looks to have left United as the favoured option should he move to England.
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It’s believed that Cavani would want assurances that he would not have to play second fiddle to either Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie, with the incoming manager Louis van Gaal set to name his new captain out of the pair after Nemanja Vidic’s move to Inter Milan.
Van Gaal chose Van Persie as the man to lead his Netherlands side to third place in the World Cup, and the likelihood is that he would look to the former Arsenal captain to lead the side despite Rooney being a mainstay of the first team since joining the club in 2004.
What does the future hold for Rooney at United should Cavani arrive? Should Cavani end up joining United, Van Gaal would have the dilemma of how to fit three in to two as it would be difficult to include Cavani, Rooney and Van Persie into a side that also has the likes of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera available.
Reports in France suggest that the Parisians could offer a fix to that problem by taking Rooney as part of an exchange deal for Cavani, with Le10Sport reporting that PSG would be one of few clubs in Europe that can afford to pay Rooney his current £250,000-a-week wages, and they are said to be very interested in pairing the England talisman with Ibrahimovic to push on with their quest to land the Champions League title.
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