Edinson Cavani could replace Robin van Persie at Manchester United

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Edinson Cavani could be in line to replace Robin van Persie at Manchester United, recent reports suggest.

The Red Devils are known to be long-term admirers of the unsettled Uruguayan striker and the Daily Express now claim that he might just succeed Van Persie at Old Trafford with uncertainty building as to the long-term fitness of the Dutchman.

However, Manchester United's pursuit of Cavani is likely to be complicated, with the same speculation suggesting that Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool are also tracking his progress and seem similarly eager to agree a deal with the reigning French champions.

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Cavani unhappy

27-year-old Cavani only joined PSG from Serie A outfit Napoli last summer, yet the cracks have already begun to show in his relationship with the club.

Indeed, some in the French media have even gone as far as to label the player as a 'major problem' following a relatively lacklustre performance in Sunday's clash with Monaco at the Parc des Princes that finished 1-1 after a late equaliser from visiting substitute Anthony Martial.

Cavani has made nine appearances in total for Laurent Blanc's side in the league so far this season, netting three goals in the process. Last year, the former Palermo man notched 16 as PSG - spurred on by another raft of impressive big-money signings - secured the Ligue 1 title for the second consecutive campaign.

Van Persie questions

Questions over Van Persie's fitness are potentially valid, particularly when you consider speculation - rejected by the player - that surfaced early in September suggesting that he may require knee surgery after postponing an initial procedure in order to play for the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup.

At 31, Van Persie is potentially approaching the end of his peak although it seems unlikely that he will just be discarded onto the scrapheap given Louis van Gaal's obvious affection for the player and the positive relationship that developed between the two men during their time in the Dutch international setup.

Any Manchester United swoop for Cavani could surely also depend on the future of Radamel Falcao. The Colombian - who notched his first goal for the Red Devils on Sunday during the 2-1 win over Everton - is currently on a season-long loan at Old Trafford and the club have the opportunity to make that deal permanent in 2015.

With Cavani reportedly valued at approximately £55 million and the Falcao transfer - should it come to pass - believed to be worth in the region £43 million, it is questionable that such a large sum would be spent bolstering the same position.

Arsenal/Liverpool chances

Arsenal or Liverpool could represent far more realistic transfer destinations for Cavani.

The Gunners could potentially use another option in the final third with Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo unable to provide competition for summer signing Danny Welbeck due to injury, although again it seems doubtful that the notoriously frugal Arsene Wenger would be willing to commit to that extravagant fee despite his admiration for Cavani's talents.

Liverpool, meanwhile, lost the services of the superb Luis Suarez in July and reservations have already begun to grow regarding the suitability of replacements Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli with Daniel Sturridge out of action.

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