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Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have each been boosted in their alleged pursuit of Edinson Cavani after Jerome Rothen tipped the Uruguayan forward to leave Paris Saint-Germain.

The Daily Express carries quotes from the former France international which suggest that a move away from Parc des Princes could happen in the not too distant future as the 27-year-old grows increasingly frustrated at being played out of position.

PSG boss Laurent Blanc continues to deploy Cavani in a wide-role to accommodate leading marksman Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the focal point of the Ligue 1 champions' attack.

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And Blanc's apparent reluctance to listen to the South American's request to feature as a central striker could prompt the player to force through a transfer when the window reopens in January.

Jerome Rothen quote:

"He [Cavani] may yet succeed in Paris, but his performance will be almost the same," explained Rothen in an interview with French newspaper Le 10 Sport. "Everything depends on the tactical choices of Laurent Blanc.

"However, I do not see him staying long in Paris. If he repeats his desire to start, the club does not hold onto him."

The news will likely be welcomed by Louis van Gaal, who was credited with an interest in bringing Cavani to Old Trafford during the summer, only to see the talisman's extravagant £300,000-a-week wage demands end any chances of a Premier League switch.

LVG decision

Instead, Manchester United secured the signature of Radamel Falcao, signing the Colombian hit-man from AS Monaco on an initial season-long loan deal. The £6 million deal can be made permanent providing the Red Devils are willing to fork out an additional £43 million next summer.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has also been mooted as an admirer of Cavani, and considered an attempt to lure him to Anfield as a replacement for international team-mate Luis Suarez when he quit Merseyside for Barcelona after the World Cup.

However, after a significant outlay on a number of other attack-minded players, the Reds opted to complete a cut-price deal for enigmatic Italian striker Mario Balotelli, who joined the club from AC Milan for a relatively modest £16 million - nearly £40 million cheaper that Cavani's current valuation of £55 million.

Arsenal admiration

Arsene Wenger completes the trio of interested Premier League bosses, even though he secured the £16 million signature of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on summer deadline day.

Still, the Arsenal chief remains the frontrunner for Cavani, and could renew plans to take him to the Emirates Stadium at the turn of the year after confirming his admiration for the PSG star last month.

"I really like the player, I like his attitude, but I think he plays a bit with the hand brake on," he said. "I feel that he is not expressing himself fully.

"At the same time, it's true [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic has taken such a prominent place at PSG. There is little room for another attacker around him."

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