Manchester United have been offered renewed hope in their alleged pursuit of Edinson Cavani after the Paris Saint-Germain forward admitted he could quit the Ligue 1 champions this summer.
The Uruguay international has been heavily linked with a move away from Parc des Princes having grown increasingly frustrated by his lack of regular action in a central striker role.
Cavani has been deployed out wide by Laurent Blanc in a three-pronged PSG front-line which is built around Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the focal point of attack.
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The 28-year-old moved to France from Napoli in a record €64 million deal in 2013 off the back of a prolific campaign in Serie 'A' where he was the top goalscorer, so his frustration at being played out of position is understandable.
Cavani netted four goals in just three games as a central striker during Ibrahimovic's recent suspension, but reverted back to his wing role following the Swede's return to the first-team fold.
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The South American says that run of form is proof of where he is most effective, and intimated that he could be forced to consider quitting PSG to find a club where he'll be afforded more opportunities to play in his preferred position.
"I don't know whether I will stay at PSG. I might stay, I might leave. You never know what will happen in football," Cavani was quoted saying by the Daily Mail in an interview with GQ magazine.
"When I arrived at PSG, I was forced to play on the wing. People don't understand how much that has influenced my performances. I would score a lot more if I was played as a striker.
"I want to play as a striker. I would without a doubt do much better in my own position."
News of Cavani's perceived unhappiness is sure to alert Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, who has been mooted as a huge admirer of the player.
With question marks surrounding the respective futures of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie at Old Trafford there could definitely be an opening for a new striker at the Theatre of Dreams this summer.
It remains to be seen how big a fee Cavani will command, but given that Blanc does not appear to fancy him as a central striker he could well be open to cashing in on the player when the transfer window reopens, despite the fact he still has three years left to run on his current contract.
Cavani's prospective departure could pave way for a more recognised winger to join the club as a replacement, and with reports linking PSG with a possible move for Manchester United's record signing Angel di Maria that raises the possibility of a player-swap deal being negotiated.
The Argentine has underperformed since moving to England from Real Madrid last summer and might be an attractive bargaining tool for Van Gaal to use if he's serious about recruiting Cavani ahead of next season.
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