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Edinson Cavani's agent admits Premier League transfer is likely

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Manchester United have received a boost in their pursuit of Edinson Cavani after the player's agent admitted only clubs from England and Spain could afford to buy him from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for the Uruguayan this week with Louis van Gaal reportedly preparing to offload Robin van Persie to make room.

Van Persie has struggled to find both form and fitness this season and, at 31-years-old, may have already seen his best years go by. There is also a clause in Van Persie's contract that will see him earn £10 million if he sees out his contract.

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Ideal replacement

That contract expires in 2016 and Manchester United officials may see that payment as something they would rather avoid. The stage is set for an exit with Juventus rumoured to be leading the line for Van Persie's signature.

"The market would seem to suggest Spain or England - we can't say at the present time that an Italian club could participate in the bidding for Cavani"

Cavani is seen as the ideal replacement for the Dutchman but has himself struggled with form at PSG. Since arriving from Napoli in a £55m move he has failed to displace Zlatan Ibrahimovic, instead playing the majority of his football as a left-wing forward.

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Unsurprisingly, Cavani has grown tired with the situation and is looking to quit. He won't have a shortage of suitors in the Premier League. Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move in recent weeks and could battle with Manchester United should he be made available.

On the move

Now his agent Claudio Anelucci has thrown fuel on the fire by suggesting a move to either England or Spain is most likely.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: 'Is Cavani on the market? At this point it's a little early to say.

"Edi is under contract at Paris Saint-Germain and there are several factors that come into play with respect to his future.

"The market would seem to suggest Spain or England - we can't say at the present time that an Italian club could participate in the bidding for Cavani.

"However, we must remain alert to the developing situation at Milan and the recent change of ownership at Valencia."

Money talks

The Premier League is certainly the most likely destination for Cavani if money is his biggest motivation. PSG are unlikely to sell him for much less than the £55m they paid for him with sources indicating an offer in the region of £35m will be necessary.

Wages will also be a big factor. Cavani earns a reported £250,000-a-week at PSG and will want just as much elsewhere. A less aggressive tax on high earners bill will save Premier League clubs some money but it may rule out the likes of Arsenal, whose top earner is Mesut Ozil on £130,000-a-week.

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