Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has spoke to Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani about the possibility of a summer switch to La Liga, after being put in touch by Uruguay captain Diego Godin.
That is according to leading French sports daily L'Equipe, who believe that Simeone is so desperate to sign Cavani that he'll sell Mario Mandzukic, Arda Turan and Koke to fund a blockbuster bid if required.
Cavani has long been a target for Manchester United and the Red Devils desperately need an injection of pace, power and purpose in attack ahead of next season, but Simeone clearly believes he's the man to lure him away from Paris, not Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.
Can Atleti afford him?
Any deal for Cavani would certainly be a major statement of intent from Atleti, but do they have the financial resources to pull off what would easily be the biggest deal in their history?
Cavani cost PSG a whopping €64m less than two years ago and is under contract until 2018, which means if Atleti are serious about honouring Simeone's request they'll have to at least get very close to the magic £60m mark with any formal offer.
United need to move fast
Simeone is currently in talks to extend his own deal at the Vicente Calderon, but you have to think he's made it cleat that getting Cavani comes as part of the package if he's to commit his long-term future.
While those contract talks rumble on United must make a move for Cavani and quick, because there mind has already been made up on the man picked to spearhead United's indifferent attack just last summer.
Falcao is off at the end of the season
United will definitely be in the market for a new world-class striker when the current campaign concludes, because they've already decided not to sign Radamel Falcao permanently.
The Colombian striker has scored just four times in 20 appearances since making a sensational season-long loan switch to Old Trafford, with a combination of injury problems and poor form contributing to his downfall.
Falcao still has three months left to prove his worth in the Premier League, but regardless of how he performs between now and May reports indicate that United have decided to invest elsewhere ahead of what they hope will be a return to title contention next season.
Porto ready to cash in on Danilo
Elsewhere another South American star attracting the attention of Europe's top clubs is Porto's Brazilian Danilo, a right-back viewed as possessing the potential to make a mark at the top of the game.
United appear to be the frontrunners for his signature at this stage, because despite strong interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid the Selecao star's agent was in Manchester earlier this week to talk terms over a potential deal.
Danilo could cost the Red Devils up to €40m, but with Van Gaal not rating Rafael and already deciding not to sign Falcao its clear that plans for next season and beyond are already in place at the Theatre of Dreams.
Man United fans, do you think Cavani is a significant upgrade on Falcao? Do Atleti and more importantly Simeone represent a genuine threat to his chances of moving to Old Trafford? Have your say on United's transfer plans by using the comment box below!
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