It doesn’t matter who you ask or which paper you choose to read; the idea of Manchester United making more big money signings this summer is almost a foregone conclusion.
In stark contrast to last summer’s transfer window woes the Red Devils are up and running thanks to Louis van Gaal, and vice chief executive Ed Woodward’s claims this morning that “there is no fixed budget” with regards to financing purchases in the coming weeks, and to “watch this space,” will surely have convinced any doubters that United are indeed ready to break the bank to ensure they’re not left trailing behind their rivals once again.
Despite the obvious optimism the promise of colossal spending power inevitably installs in supporters however, there remains a cause for caution concerning Van Gaal flexing his new club’s monetary clout. It’s a very real problem which has befallen Premier League sides in the past - most commonly the likes of Manchester City - and focuses on clubs paying out vast amounts of money for players they want, not players they need.
In United’s case the two categories are likely to blur given their current situation. Every man and his dog associated with the club is desperate to see positive change factored in following the calamitous errors of yester term, and the fans are keen to see the biggest names in world football arriving at Old Trafford, symbolising that their side are still a superpower to be revered and feared in equal measures.
With mass outlay comes the risk of pointless purchasing however, and one name in particular has been repeatedly linked with a mega-money move to United since the beginning of the transfer window; Edinson Cavani.
Whilst the Uruguayan forward is a proven European talent, he’s simply not needed by United, and Van Gaal would be wise to look to spend the reported £62million it would take to land him somewhere else. Of course such a route is easier said than put into practise when a world-class talent virtually falls into your lap - as Cavani will essentially do with his expected request to leave the Parc des Princes - but United’s boss must, for the sake of his squad, resist the temptation to spend needlessly.
United don’t need Cavani
With Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at the club there simply isn’t any need for another out and out striker to come in, and all things considered the current first-team pair are probably both better. What’s more, the sole reason cited for the Uruguay international’s longing to leave PSG is said to be centered around the fact that he is playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, meaning that the idea of him moving to another club where he wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting berth takes another blow.
Then of course there’s the old ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ debate, which would serve up difficulties at United were Cavani to join Van Gaal’s ranks. The duo of Van Persie and Rooney form a lethal partnership which thrives on the fact that both excel in different areas, whilst the likes of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez have provided ideal cover in the past without having too much cause for complaint with starting on the bench.
Cavani’s reputation would undeniably pave the way for him to expect to be a pivotal piece in Van Gaal’s puzzle. Would squad harmony be affected as a result?
Other transfer options
With the already aforementioned unlimited budget at his disposal, Van Gaal needs to realistically be targeting world-class players, but in the right positions only. A new centre-back has to be found to adequately replace Nemanja Vidic, whilst a new central midfielder to partner Ander Herrera would be a timely addition to a squad which has struggled to dominate in the middle of the park since the retirement of Paul Scholes.
Cavani is a top asset, there’s no debating that. But is he the right man for Van Gaal and United in the current climate? Now there’s a question that would be difficult to say yes to.