Manchester United transfer news and rumours: Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba and 'the next Luis Suarez'

The latest transfer talk surrounding Old Trafford

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GAME ON…

Manchester United are widely reported to have entered the battle to sign Arsenal target Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal. The Gunners made a formal enquiry for the 24-year-old centre-back but the Spanish side are holding out for a side to meet his buy-out clause fee of around £15m. That leaves the window open for Louis van Gaal, who is keen to bolster United’s infamously weak defence.

COMING BACK…

There’s been a huge amount of speculation surrounding Juventus star and former Old Trafford youngster Paul Pogba, who could command a fee in excess of £40m. Arsenal, United and Chelsea are all thought to be in the running after the midfielder left Manchester on a free in 2012.

Also touted for a return to the Premier League is another midfielder, Kevin de Bruyne. The former Chelsea player has been impressive with Wolfsburg after signing for £18m in the summer, and Arsenal and United are both believed to have joined Manchester City in the hunt to bring him back from the Bundesliga.

CHANGE AT THE TOP…

While Manchester United’ problems certainly don’t begin with their strikers, there are reports Louis van Gaal will look to engineer a reshuffle at the top in the coming six months or so. While Falcao is only on a season-long loan from AS Monaco, he is unlikely to return to the French club and it is rumoured that United with secure a permanent deal this window before swapping him out for Arsenal target Edinson Cavani in the summer.

HOT PROSPECT…

United may have some of the world’s most expensive attacking talent on their books, but there’s always room for new talent to be nurtured. Spanish-language media are reporting that talks have been opened with Paraguayan club Cerro Porteno over 16-year-old striker Sergio Diaz.

The under-20 international has already scored plenty of goals for his club and is ranked as one of the most exciting young attacking talents in South America, drawing comparisons with Uruguay’s Luis Suarez. Reports in Italy suggest he could cost a little over £5m.

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