Should Manchester United buy Edinson Cavani?

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Edinson Cavani was linked with several Premier League clubs in the January transfer window, but a move was very unlikely to happen half-way through to the season. But should he request a move out of Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season?

The Uruguay striker has failed to impress so far this season, having netted only twice in his last 10 appearances. Recently he also failed to attend training on time as he returned two days late after the winter break.


It may not be easy to play in the same team as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and get the opportunity to shine, as the Swedish star has always been first choice in Laurent Blanc's strategy, but certainly Cavani is a proven top scorer.

The latter has often performed as a winger at Paris, seeing himself delivering from the flanks instead of patrolling into the box. As a result, he is being out-played by his manager which in consequence stops him from scoring goals on a regular basis.


Some would argue that Cavani needs to be more consistent, but certainly he would if only he was placed as a centre-forward, which would asks Blanc to adapt his formation.

Paris Saint-Germain paid £55 million to Napoli in order to secure Cavani's services in the 2013 summer transfer window.

In his first season in France the Uruguay striker helped PSG retain the Ligue 1 trophy, and also win the French League Cup as well as the Champions Trophy.

Though a terrific start to the season, the French capital club currently stands two points behind table toppers Lyon. Blanc's side have under-performed on several occasion, and it's difficult to understand the reasons for such poor performances.


For instance, last month the Ligue 1 champions suffered their heaviest defeat of the season (4-2) and it was against 15th-place Bastia.

You could argue that it was only their third defeat of the season, and may qualify it as a one-off, but the win would have placed PSG at the summit of Ligue 1.

According to Transfermarkt, Cavani's market value has fallen to £44m this January; he was worth £50.2m in August 2014 before the 2014/15 season kicked-off. The striker is about to turn 28 on Valentine's day, Saturday, so should Cavani move out to another club and Zlatan's shadow?

Certainly, a lot a of English clubs are attracted by Cavani with Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool. But perhaps a move to Manchester United would be the most likely to happen.


Louis Van Gaal's strategy has not quite worked out as expected so far on his first season, with a team which lack of consistency in front of the goal, but also defensively.

On loan Radamel Falcao has failed to impress for the Red Devils so far this season, having scored only on six occasions in 20 appearances. The Uruguayan's world-class finishing and his ability to holding on to the ball is what is missing alongside Wayne Rooney, who would play just behind and support Cavani.

Moneywise, Paris would certainly ask for a similar price, a figure at around £50m, but money has never been an issue for the Red Devils, as they became the second richest football club in the world, behind Real Madrid, with a revenue rising to £433.2m in 2013.

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