Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has decided to send Radamel Falcao back to Monaco at the end of the season, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani identified as his replacement.
That is according to an exclusive report in this morning's Daily Star from their northern correspondent Jeremy Cross, which claims that Van Gaal has sanctioned a fresh approach for a player in Cavani that United have wanted for some time.
Cavani was a top target for previous manager David Moyes, but executive vice-president Ed Woodward couldn't reach an agreement with PSG over the Uruguay international. United hope things will be different this summer, targeting a deal for a proven world-class centre-forward that could be worth up to £60 million.
Falcao has failed to deliver
United are back in the race for Cavani primarily because deadline-day signing Radmael Falcao has been a major disappointment since signing for United on a season-long loan.
Falcao has scored just four times in four times in 18 appearances for the Red Devils, which even when injury problems are factored in falls well short of expectation. Cavani already has 16 goals this season, which has helped United reach the view that he's their new top transfer target ahead of what promises to be a very busy summer at the Theatre of Dreams.
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Cavani would be worth every penny
Cavani, who turned 28 today, would demand a pay packet of up to £300,000-a-week to leave PSG, but if United can persuade him to be their main man in attack he would be worth every penny.
A clinical finisher with physical presence to match, Cavani has scored consistently for PSG despite being forced to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic throughout his time at the Parc des Princes.
PSG have failed to keep their £55m signing happy across two-and-half years in the French capital, with a source at United telling the Star they're confident of bringing him to the Premier League.
"Edinson Cavani has been targeted as the big-name striker the club wants and United are confident of pulling it off," the source insists.
"He has not settled in Paris and is looking for a new challenge at another big club, so United fit the bill."
United will need to secure Champions League football by finishing in the top four before going after Cavani, but achieve that target and you have to think the former Napoli marksman would jump at the chance to be United's new main man in attack next season.
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