Manchester United have moved into pole position to snap up Edinson Cavani this summer and have done so by having numerous meetings with his representatives regarding a possible transfer.
According to the Daily Star, Old Trafford officials have met with Cavani’s agent on four separate occasions and are willing to pay as much as £38million to secure his signature from Paris Saint-Germain.
The report claims PSG are under pressure to sell one or two of their stars as they look to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, which saw them punished this summer. The Ligue 1 champions have been handed a transfer-spending limit of around £50million and had their Champions League squad size reduced to 21.
It also states that Manchester United’s cause is aided by the fact that the Uruguay international is keen to join up with new boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford next season.
Reasons for this desire to swap Ligue 1 for the Premier League are mentioned as being a lack of challenging competition in France and that he is becoming tired of playing second fiddle to main central striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Manchester United currently have several strikers in the form of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez. One would expect at least one of them to leave if Cavani is snapped up by the Red Devils this summer.
Little change in situation
However, his prospects of becoming the man to lead the line at Manchester United appear thin, as Van Persie is a favourite of Van Gaal.
The new boss made the former Arsenal captain his skipper for the Netherlands and there is a distinct possibility he will do the same now that club captain Nemanja Vidic and vice-captain Patrice Evra have left, leaving the skipper vacancy open.