Edinson Cavani’s winner in Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the Champions League was yet further proof why Manchester United must swoop for the Uruguayan forward in the summer.
The 29-year-old has endured a difficult season to date – languishing behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the pecking order – but put PSG in the driving seat after coming on as a substitute.
And with United heavily reliant on Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, whoever is in charge in the summer should move for the striker who would benefit from moving away from the French league.
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Cavani’s goal was his 16th in 32 games, still an impressive strike rate, but with Ibrahimovic still peerless, he has suddenly become available, alerting plenty of top clubs from around Europe.
It's not hard to see why when the statistics support his status as one of the best finishers in world football. Even in a troubled two-and-a-half years in Paris, he has scored 72 times in 128 games for the club, less than a goal every two games.
However, it was when the spotlight was on him that he performed at the peak of his powers, shining for Serie A side Napoli for three years before moving to France in a £55 million transfer in 2013.
During his time in Italy, he netted 104 goals in just 138 matches, but would command a considerably less transfer fee with Laurent Blanc keen to move him on.
Whilst Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with moves for him over the years, Manchester United’s need for a striker is a given as their difficulties in front of goal under Louis van Gaal are apparent.
Yet the common consensus seems to be that the Dutchman will not be around to enter the third year of his contract at the club, with Jose Mourinho reportedly being lined up to take over in the summer.
Whilst Martial has enjoyed a fine debut season in English football, Rooney has been inconsistent and the void left by the exits of Radamel Falcao, Javier Hernandez and Robin van Persie has yet to be filled.
Cavani would add potency to the frontline, and would impress under Mourinho given the way he has coaxed the best from Karim Benzema, Didier Drogba and Diego Milito in the past.
Any transfer could happen in the summer, but he could yet convince Blanc he is worthy of a future, particularly with Ibrahimovic’s contract yet to be renewed.
United need an established forward if they are to return to the summit of English football, and Cavani could be the man to help them achieve it.
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