Manchester United may have been given the green light to pursue summer transfer target Edinson Cavani after he was very vague about his future and hinted that a move could be possible.
Louis van Gaal is yet to take over as the new Old Trafford boss, but Manchester United officials look as though they are busy trying to gets deals done for big-money signings before he takes up his position after the Netherlands have completed their involvement at the World Cup in Brazil.
One of these targets is the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who is reportedly set to be the subject of a £56million bid from the Red Devils as he is unhappy at the Ligue 1 champions and is looking to leave after only a season at Parc de Princes. Manchester United could well be feeling more optimistic over the possible move for him in light of recent comments.
Possible move hinted at
"In football you never know. Anything can happen," he is quoted as saying by the Express in response to being asked if his future lies away from PSG.
"One day you're in one team and they next day you can be in another."
Cavani was speaking after Uruguay's victory over England in the World Cup, where the Three Lions were put on the brink of elimination at the group stages thanks to a Luis Suarez brace - the second of which came with only five minutes remaining, while the first was a simple header set up by a fantastic lofted cross from Cavani.
Suarez has been the subject of interest from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, with recent reports suggesting the former had made a move for him and were close to completing a £52million deal, and it was suggested that performances like the ones they put in against England could see them get big-money moves.
"Does this kind of game give us motivation to join a big team like Real Madrid? Luis Suarez and I already play for big teams," was his response.
"I think we have defended the colours of our clubs with pride and prestige."
Fans of PSG and Liverpool won't exactly be feeling too enthusiastic about Cavani's words, and the clubs reportedly chasing them will have had their interest piqued by their non-committal nature.
Manchester United could do with a signing like Cavani to make a statement that they are still one of the biggest teams in the world after a disastrous spell under David Moyes saw them finish seventh in the Premier League and fail to qualify for the Champions League.
Is he worth it?
However, Van Gaal really needs to think hard about whether signing the 27-year-old would be worth the financial outlay, especially as recent reports claim he is demanding £300,000-a-week to sign for the Red Devils.
They already have some hefty packets on the wage bill with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, so another major earner would have to be really worth it. While there can be little argument about Cavani's talent, whether Manchester United need his talents in particular is debatable.
Van Persie and Rooney are the main men when it comes to the centre-forward position at Old Trafford, so they would struggle to find room for the Uruguayan and reports of his unhappiness at PSG cite his desire to play as a central striker rather than a wide man, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the undisputed first choice for that position.
Top teams need to have top players to maintain standards and continue to produce excellence over the long-term, but having too many in one position, and earning hefty wages, can cause problems in keeping a squad happy.
A winger would be ideal for Van Gaal at Old Trafford, especially if he uses his favoured 4-3-3 formation, and Manchester United may be best advised to use such significant sums of money elsewhere.
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