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Edinson Cavani to Manchester United: PSG 'name £32m asking price' to alert Louis van Gaal over striker move

United are in the market for a new striker in January and Cavani could be willing to leave PSG, according to reports in France

Jack de Menezes
Saturday 05 December 2015 13:58 GMT
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PSG striker Edinson Cavani could be on the move in January
PSG striker Edinson Cavani could be on the move in January (Getty Images)

Manchester United can sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani in the January transfer window after being given an asking price of £32m, according to reports in France.

United manager Louis van Gaal has openly discussed his transfer business ahead of the winter window, with his attack needing an injection of “pace and creativity” as he looks to keep up with the Premier League pace-setters.

One striker who has constantly been linked with a move to England is Cavani, with United and Arsenal interested in the Uruguay international for some time. However, his £54m move from Napoli to PSG put off interest from the Premier League in 2013, and the Parisians have been reluctant to let him go since.

That appears to have changed though, with French newspaper L’Equipe reporting on Saturday that PSG have set a £32m asking price for Cavani should United wish to make a move in January. It’s added that the French league champions – who are already 16 points clear of Caen having played a game more – are already looking at replacements for Cavani.

The 28-year-old would certainly suit United’s current team, with Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial struggling to find goals as Van Gaal comes under attack for taking a conservative approach.

Relations between the two clubs are strong given that Angel Di Maria’s £47m transfer from United to PSG was negotiated in the summer, and with Cavani reluctant to play second-fiddle to lead striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he could look to put pressure on the Ligue 1 club to force a move.

However, PSG are wary that Ibrahimovic’s current contract expires at the end of the season, and letting Cavani go could leave them exposed to losing their two main strikers within six months of each other.

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