Louis van Gaal is plotting an audacious £50 million swoop for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani after beginning his search to find a replacement for Manchester United flop Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian star has made a disappointing start to his career at Old Trafford after joining the Red Devils on a season-long loan from AS Monaco on transfer deadline day during the summer.
Falcao has scored just one solitary goal for the Premier League giants in 2014/15, after struggling for fitness and form following his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered last term.
And, if the 28-year-old fails to prove himself over the coming months then Manchester United are likely to pass up on the opportunity to sign him permanently, with the Daily Star reporting that Van Gaal is instead keen on doing a deal for Cavani.
The Uruguay international is said to be open to leaving Parc des Princes where he plays second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and is growing increasingly unhappy at the wide-role Laurent Blanc continues to deploy him in.
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Cavani will not be short on transfer options, though, with Real Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool all previously linked with the South American marksman. However, realistically given his £50 million valuation it is likely to be a straight race between Los Blancos and Manchester United.
Van Gaal spent more than £150 million on new signings during the summer, and has been promised a similarly impressive budget to continue his revamp of the senior squad at Old Trafford in 2015.
Meanwhile, Falcao's future in Manchester looks increasingly bleak having been named on the bench in the past few games since recovering from injury - with academy graduate James Wilson even picked ahead of him for last weekend's Premier League clash against Liverpool.
Juventus are thought to be interested in acquiring the former Atletico Madrid and FC Porto striker's signature, so a move to Italy could be an option for Falcao at the end of his Manchester United stay.
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