Manchester United are 'close' to completing a deal for Edinson Cavani as Paris Saint Germain put the finishing touches on the transfer of Angel Di Maria.
According to reports in Spanish newspaper AS, PSG have made three first-team players available for transfer to cover the cost of the €75m paid for Di Maria. Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marco Verratti are each up for sale at the right price as PSG battle Financial Fair Play obligations.
Their transfer expenditure must not exceed €30m more than their income, a stipulation they're struggling to meet after completing the capture of David Luiz from Chelsea for close to €50m.
Transfer speculation regarding Cavani has gathered pace in recent days following the revelation that the Uruguayan international had been airbrushed out of PSG promotional material for their new kit.
He's reportedly fallen out with coach Laurent Blanc, and is open to moving to the Premier League to join Manchester United if the two clubs can agree a fee.
United would likely have to cough up something in the region of £56m for the 27-year-old striker.
But do they need him?
With Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney in the squad already, it could be argued that United don't need Cavani as well. But the opportunity to sign a world class player, especially a striker, does not come around very often.
And following the disappointment of last season's seventh place, United need to make a statement this summer that they're heading back to the Champions League. They're already well on the way to doing that, having hired Louis Van Gaal as manager and snapped up Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw for more than £50m.
The signs on their preseason tour of the United States are good, but a deal for Cavani would be one of the best of the summer and may make United favourites for the title next season.
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