Manchester United have identified Edinson Cavani as the man to replace Robin van Persie this summer according to the Guardian.
The move for the Paris Saint-Germain ace could also see club-record signing Angel di Maria head in the other direction as part of a swap deal.
Van Persie is close to sealing a £4.7 million move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce after being mobbed by the club's fans after landing in Istanbul over the weekend, leaving the Red Devils with Wayne Rooney as their only senior striker.
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Radamel Falcao has returned to Monaco after his loan spell at Old Trafford came to an end and now the pressure is on Van Gaal to land a top-quality alternative to Rooney in order to fire the Red Devils to success at home and abroad.
According to the Guardian the man for the job is Cavani, who has been linked with a move away from the Parc des Prince. The former Napoli ace managed 34 league goals across two seasons in Ligue 1 but has been forced to play second-fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and now he wants a move.
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Cavani has been a long-term target for Manchester United, and their pursuit of the 28-year-old represents Van Gaal's transfer policy of chasing established players in order to deliver immediate success next season.
Key to the deal is the future of Angel di Maria, who was linked with PSG before he opted to join Manchester United, and is now being linked with the French giants once more.
According to the Guardian, Van Gaal is open to letting Di Maria leave if it helps secure a deal for Cavani and talks have begun over a potential swap.
Di Maria managed just three goals in the Premier League last season following his £59.7 million move from Real Madrid. He is currently out with a hamstring injury picked up in the final of the Copa America and he could miss the first game of the 2015/16 season wherever he ends up.
This would be one of the biggest transfers in the history of football, but it makes a degree of sense. Manchester United have enough wingers to cover for the loss of Di Maria and are short of strikers, which makes the re-jigging of resources seem sensible.
With both Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger on the way to Old Trafford and Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay already there, Van Gaal's priorities are getting a striker, a defender and possibly a goalkeeper. This deal would be a huge step in the right direction.