Do Manchester United Need Edinson Cavani This Summer?

Max TowleAnalyst IJune 26, 2013

NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 16:  Edinson Cavani of Napoli celebrates after scoring goal 2-1 during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Bologna FC at Stadio San Paolo on December 16, 2012 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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The summer transfer window throws up an incredible amount of outlandish speculation.

Finding the truth amid the ever-growing piles of fiction can be a tricky task for the casual fan who does not know the difference between The Telegraph and the Daily Star.

Manchester United usually have the unlucky experience of being one of the clubs most heavily featured on the back pages of the British tabloids.

Stories regarding the Red Devils sell the most newspapers. This has been the case for well over a decade.

If there is a top name on the market, you can rest assured United will be linked with a potential transfer.

One of the biggest names tipped for a big-money move is Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguay international is a consistently prolific big man who struck 38 goals in all competitions for the Partenopei. In total, he has scored over 100 goals in only three seasons in Naples.

Chelsea and Paris Saint-German were thought to be leading the race for his signature, but according to a report in the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are tempted to make a late move for the 26-year-old.

Cavani is a world-class striker and a pure finisher, but the question has to be asked, would he fit at Old Trafford?


Scouting Cavani

For £50 million, if United were to make a move, new manager David Moyes would have to have a clear and definite plan for him in mind.

Cavani is a typical No. 9, a hit man who operates best as the lone striker.

The 4-3-3 formation has been discussed and analysed as much as any by fans of the Red Devils. The 2007/08 Champions League-winning team used it and were superior.

Technically, he has the footwork to play as a wide forward in the 4-3-3, but this would not be his best position. Not to overstate a point, but for £50 million, you play to his strengths.

Cavani is a genuine engine, often tracking back to offer a helping hand on the defensive side of things.

He can serve as a box-to-box type of player on counterattacks. His creativity and imagination can often produce great things for teammates.

A versatile player, too, the Uruguayan can score goals from anywhere within 35 yards of goal, and with just about every part of his body.

At Napoli, Cavani is required to fulfill a number of different roles, whether from out wide, deeper or as the kingpin of the side.

Moyes is not a manager typically known for allowing marauding midfielders and rotating forwards into his thinking.

However, a player like Cavani would have the ability to slot into any team and score a bunch of goals in the process.

But do United need him?


Needs and Wants

Manchester United need Kevin Strootman. Manchester United want Edinson Cavani.

There is no logical hypothetical situation where the Red Devils would need the striker.

Whether he stays or leaves, United still have Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck to back up the goalscoring machine Robin van Persie.

To justify the claim by touting Cavani as a replacement for Wayne Rooney is completely flawed.

Rooney operated in the trequartista role last term, so if he were to be replaced, why would it be with another forward?

United already have Robin van Persie to score the goals. The Dutchman scored 30 goals himself last campaign, leading the Premier League as the top scorer.

Put both in the same lineup and there is very little chance either scores 30 again.

Look at the situation with Wayne Rooney earlier this season. A new player comes in and threatens the natural order of things, and the affected player begins to see a dip in either their morale or performance.

Money would be far better spent in other areas of the pitch. Creative midfielders Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas would be a fine place to start.

The sum of money talked about is ludicrous too. A £50 million fee would almost double the Red Devils' existing record transfer of £30 million.

The Glazers come in for a lot of stick, most of it deserved, but even they would see the lack of sense in buying a footballer who plays the same position as Van Persie.


What do you make of the latest Edinson Cavani transfer rumours?


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