Manchester United had scouts at Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 match against Toulouse, which took place on February 21, to run the rule over world-class striker Edinson Cavani.
This is according to Le 10 Sport, who have exclusively revealed that a representative from Manchester United was in the Parc des Princes stands to watch the Uruguay international in action.
It’s understood that Cavani could be the striker who replaces Radamel Falcao this summer. Respected French publication L’Equipe claimed earlier this week that United have decided against signing the latter on a permanent deal following his disappointing loan spell at Old Trafford.
Cavani desperate to leave PSG
Cavani is desperate to leave PSG at the end of the season after failing to establish himself as the team’s focal point upfront.
The presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic means Cavani, since joining PSG in the summer of 2013, has often been farmed out to the flanks in order to accommodate the talismanic Swede.
Cavani performing better than Falcao
Despite the fact he has spent most of his time on the wings at PSG, Cavani - who rose to prominence thanks to his goalscoring exploits with Palermo and Napoli in Serie A - has still managed to score an impressive 40 goals in 71 appearances for the French champions.
This season the South American has netted 15 goals in 28 matches - a significantly better tally than Falcao’s record of four goals in 16 appearances.
Falcao’s recent displays have been so disappointing - with the exception of that one minute against Sunderland, in which he showed great skill to win a penalty - that United boss Louis van Gaal left him on the bench for Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
It seems almost certain that Falcao, who sadly looks a shadow of the world-class striker who scored goals for fun with FC Porto and Atletico Madrid, will return to AS Monaco this summer.
This means United need a top-level replacement - and Cavani is one of the strikers United are keeping a close eye on.
Cavani's age and wage demands should be a concern
One potential concern for the Red Devils is the Uruguayan’s age. Cavani turns 29 next February, so realistically only has another three or four years at the very top.
Look at Robin van Persie, who Manchester United signed at the age of 29 in the summer of 2012.
While the Dutchman won United the Premier League title in his first season at Old Trafford, he hasn’t looked the same explosive striker since turning 30 and could even leave United alongside Falcao this summer.
There’s little doubt Cavani would be an upgrade on both Falcao and Van Persie, but whether Manchester United are prepared to pay the astronomical fee PSG will inevitably demand - as well as the astronomic wages the player and his agent will inevitably ask for - is another matter.
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