Edinson Cavani: Manchester United to woo PSG for sale of star striker for £60m

United could also return for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas as they look to close in on a £30m deal for Southampton's Luke Shaw

Manchester United are prepared to continue their summer transfer plans in the next few weeks despite not having a permanent manager in charge after the club’s owners sacked David Moyes on Tuesday. With serious strengthening needed if United are to compete for silverware once again, the club are hoping that deals can be completed for Edinson Cavani, Luke Shaw and Cesc Fabregas.

With Louis van Gaal – the current favourite to take the vacant managers seat – tied-up with his World Cup commitments with the Netherlands national team until July, the club are facing the prospect of missing out on the prime targets just as they did last season when they appointed Moyes along with new chief executive Ed Woodward.

With a lack of goals a deep concern at Old Trafford this season, United are looking to explore the possibility of whether Paris St-Germain would be willing to sell striker Edinson Cavani, although the club-record signing only arrived in Paris from Napoli last season in a £54m deal.

Cavani has admitted that he will take a look at his future at the end of the season, having played second fiddle to the Parisian’s talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the bulk of the season, which has resulted in the Uruguayan being shifted out wide on occasion.


As the club are confident they can beat Chelsea to the £30m signing of Shaw – with a reported £100,000-a-week contract offer in the pipeline – Woodward is turning his attentions to strengthening the United attack with Cavani, and could also return for Fabregas after last summer’s failed pursuit.

Any move for Cavani would cost in the region of £60m, with PSG reluctant to lose their record-signing as well as a 27-year-old forward who is entering his prime. But having settled instantly with the Ligue 1 champions, Cavani has gone off the boil in recent weeks and failed to make an impact in the recent Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Chelsea.

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United saw two bids for former Arsenal captain Fabregas rejected last summer, the second of which led to accusations that United handled the process of making an offer poorly from the Catalan club. While Gerardo Martino, who was new to the Barcelona manager’s role last summer, reiterated that Fabregas was not for sale, recent reports claim the midfielder will be part of a clear out at the end of this season. United are hopeful that the Spanish international could fill the void of creativity currently on show in their midfield.

Furthermore, the Guardian claim that Robin van Persie, Fabregas’ friend and former Gunners’ team-mate, has informed the club that Fabregas would entertain a move to the Red Devils, and the club have looked to the Dutch national team captain as an intermediary to structure a move.

The reports goes on to suggest that although United made offers of £25m and £30m for Fabregas, a verbal £35m was also rejected and the hope that Fabregas would publically announce his desire for a move is non-existent given his love for his hometown club.

The club are also maintaining an interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos and Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, although another transfer target in Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan ended speculation over his future last week when he signed a new contract to remain with the Bundesliga outfit. While the Germany international has only signed a one-year extension, he has made just one appearance this season back in August due to injury, and looks certain to miss the World Cup this summer despite claims he is nearing a return to fitness.

Any move for Gundogan in the upcoming months would be a massive risk, and could potentially backfire on the club both financially and performance-wise.

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