Edinson Cavani would thrive at Manchester United or Real Madrid, claims dad

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Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani looked pretty chuffed after scoring what turned out to be the winning goal in Tuesday's Champions League tie against Chelsea.

He emerged from the bench and grabbed a late goal, adding to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's opener to give the French side a 2-1 advantage going into the second leg. He went as wild as anyone in Parc des Princes, but it seems his celebration was not representative of his feelings towards PSG.

According to his father, the striker remains dissatisfied with life under Laurent Blanc, who has regularly opted to play him in a wide position to cater for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. To be fair, the Swede has been in superb form this season, grabbing 32 goals in 32 games so far.

Because of Ibrahimovic isn't dropping out of the team anytime soon, Cavani's father, Luis, has urged him to leave in the summer and has suggested three destinations: Real Madrid, Manchester United and Juventus.

Cavani Snr told Sport 5: “PSG bought him to play at the pinnacle of the attack, but Edi plays on the wing. He’s not happy in that position. He can’t help his team like he wants to.

“As long as Zlatan is there, he will play in the centre. It’s obviously clear that Edi would be more effective in the middle and would profit from the numerous crosses from his team-mates. Edi was born to score.

“I’d like to see him play for Real Madrid, Manchester United or Juventus.”

So where could he go?

The Uraguay international has already proved himself in Serie A after originally making his name with Napoli. For that reason, he is unlikely to aim for a route back to Italy if Juventus come calling. The 29-year-old will surely be looking for a fresh challenge should he be allowed to leave PSG in the summer.

However, a move to Real Madrid seems out of the question. They already have a world-class striker in the form of Karim Benzema who has scored 23 goals in 23 appearances so far this season. He is unlikely to find a place in Zinedine Zidane's team, but the chance to play for Los Blancos is one few can turn down.

That leaves Manchester United as the most likely option of the three. Whoever is in charge next season – Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal or Ryan Giggs – they are likely to spend some of their vast transfer budget on a new striker. Goals have been hard to come by at Old Trafford and Cavani would certainly bring some sharpness back to their attack. Their Champions League status, or lack thereof, next season could, however, end any prospect of a deal.

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