Liverpool could inadvertently deal Manchester United a huge blow to their transfer plans, if they move for Edinson Cavani before the window closes.
According to Metro, citing German publication Bild, Brendan Rodgers has identified Cavani as the perfect plan B should his pursuit of Monaco forward Radamel Falcao not go to plan, and Paris Saint-Germain could well consider selling the Uruguayan in order to raise money for acquisitions of their own. Liverpool are yet to buy a natural goal scorer following the £75 million departure of Luis Suarez, and either man would likely fit the bill at Anfield.
However it’s Falcao who Rodgers seems to deem the more feasible option, particularly given the striker’s indifferent fortunes since joining Monaco last summer. His lethal form for Atletico Madrid has yet to be replicated at the Stade Louis II stadium, and word has it he’s open to a move to a more competitive European league in a bid to salvage his status as a world-class player.
Liverpool for Falcao
At the moment though an agreement between Liverpool and Monaco looks unlikely, even if the Ligue 1 giants are willing to allow him to leave on a season-long loan. Reports yesterday confirmed that the Colombian hit-man wants £200,000-a-week in order to make the aforementioned Anfield switch, which would comfortably make him the highest earner on Merseyside.
Whether or not Rodgers is happy to add that sort of figure to the wage bill remains to be seen but, given Liverpool’s usual approach when it comes to matching the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea on the financial front, one can assume the Northern Irishman will turn to other targets.
Cavani and the United blow
Cue the speculation surrounding Cavani, who, like Falcao, has yet to live up to his name in France. With Laurent Blanc having made it abundantly clear last season that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the man he wants to place his faith in with regards to leading the line, Cavani was at times said to be unhappy, and could see a move to Liverpool as an opportunity to bag himself a big move whilst being guaranteed a starting berth.
As has already been discussed, were the Reds to make an offer for the 27-year-old - which would have to be in the region of £51 million given his valuation -, then it could potentially end Louis van Gaal’s hopes of signing his top target Angel di Maria. The Argentina winger is being sought by both United and PSG, though the latter don’t currently have the funds to push through any sort of deal.
The financial restraints in place thanks to the Financial Fair Play rules mean the reigning French champions have to fund any move for Di Maria through the sale of their current stock and, with Cavani worth over £50 million, selling him would give them that sort of cash.