Manchester United and Chelsea have been significantly boosted in their attempts to land Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, as the French champions are said to be desperate to offload him so that they can fund a move for Angel di Maria.
The Daily Express, relaying reports from Italy, claim that Laurent Blanc and the powers that be in the French capital have been put under pressure by Real Madrid to sign Di Maria sooner rather than later, so that they can in turn finance a move for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao. Coincidentally Di Maria is also a top target for United, and thus PSG want to raise money quickly for fear of missing out on his signature to a rival suitor.
Cavani and his suitors
It’s said that in response to Madrid’s demands the Ligue 1 giants are looking to ship out Cavani - who happens to be one of their most valuable assets in monetary terms at £60million - and that both United and Chelsea could benefit as a result. Both Premier League outfits have been hotly linked with the Uruguayan for the duration of this summer’s transfer window, and would no doubt jump at the chance to take PSG up on the offer of signing him.
Jose Mourinho is apparently hell-bent on adding another striker to his books having consented to the departures of Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and most recently Romelu Lukaku, whilst Louis van Gaal appears to hold Cavani in high regard. The latter’s interest is admittedly a strange concept given the fact that he has Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at his disposal already, but the Express state that due to the aforementioned factors a deal is indeed feasible.
The FFP rules
In a strange twist of events it could well transpire that United are gifted pole position in the race for Cavani, and all thanks to the Financial Fair Play rules that prohibit the sort of mass spending Chelsea were once perennially guilty of.
PSG, having already found themselves sanctioned for breaking the rules find themselves unable to do anymore business after their purchase of David Luiz, unless of course they raise the money through the sale of one of their own stars, and Mourinho knows he has to be wary following lucrative deals for Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
Van Gaal on the other hand can afford to be a little more flexible, and has a list of players he is looking to get rid of which will give him even more breathing room concerning giving the green light for a large outlay.
Club chiefs have already denied that they’re in talks to sell Ezequiel Lavezzi to Liverpool, and one would assume that with the Argentina international removed from the equation Cavani is the next most logical sale if they’re looking to raise funds.
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