Edinson Cavani has dropped his biggest hint yet that he is not going to be staying at Paris Saint-Germain for the forthcoming season, as he’s not flown out with the first-team squad to Asia to compete in the Champions Cup.
Cavani in the cold
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing a report in Le Parisien, the Uruguayan is not travelling with the team and has already told chiefs at the Parc des Princes that he is looking to leave. This is of course in direct contrast to what manager Laurent Blanc insisted yesterday, when he claimed that Cavani would be returning to Paris and travelling with the squad today.
Naturally rumours are now beginning to spread suggesting that the free scoring forward could be on the verge of a move, with Manchester United his most reputable suitors. The Red Devils have long been credited with an interest and, with Cavani’s situation at PSG having deteriorated further, Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward might see this as the ideal time to move.
Despite the fact that the colossal price tag on his head, thought to be around £62million, is always going to be approached tentatively by any potential buyers, it could actually work in United’s favour if they want a deal done. PSG are under pressure to sell their most valuable assets if they want to make any further purchases in this transfer window, having been restricted in terms of what they can register as financial outlay by the Financial Fair Play rules.
Feasibility of a move
And, though Cavani remains a top class player, the fact that Zlatan Ibrahimovic very much dominates the lone striker role in Blanc’s system means that his talents are compromised to a degree, as he’s often forced to play out wide. As such he could be allowed to leave without too much resistance from the PSG board, who would no doubt be ready to cash in on him so long as replacements are identified.
Whether or not United need him remains open to interpretation, particularly seen as though they have Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie sitting in the respective peak years of their careers. That being said Van Gaal has arrived with the intention of making large-scale changes, and the purchase of Cavani would more than just ruffle a few feathers.