Manchester United Transfer News: Edinson Cavani Blow Dealt by Laurent Blanc

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2014

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, attends a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has confirmed Edinson Cavani is happy at the Parc des Princes, despite reported interest from Manchester United.

Blanc, a former Red Devils defender, also criticised the media for suggesting Cavani is unhappy with playing out wide in his 4-3-3 formation.

Per Ian Holyman of ESPN FC:

It's you who create the rumours about Cavani. The player is injured so he can't respond on the pitch. He has some personal problems added to that, and people take advantage to create a Cavani problem. However, the player is happy here.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 19:  Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc attends a press conference on July 19, 2013 in Clairefontaine, France.  (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
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Holyman's report confirms the "personal problems" Blanc alludes to are the latter stages of Cavani's divorce, a split that was revealed during the final weeks of his Napoli career, per Yahoo! Eurosport.

The Uruguayan star has long been touted for a move to Old Trafford. Rumours have intensified in the wake of Cavani playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the PSG attack, forcing the 27-year-old into a wide role to back up the all-conquering Swede.

Robin van Persie's dramatic loss of form and attitude problems also intensify suggestions a deal could be done. The Dutch forward was substituted early after an anonymous performance during United's win over West Brom, and has been criticised by many for his poor attitude in recent times, as reported by Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.

Tom Hopkinson and Steve Bates suggest the only way the former Arsenal man will be allowed to leave is if Cavani's signature can be secured, per the Sunday People (via the Mirror):

David Moyes is happy to let the Dutchman go as long he can secure the signing of the industrious Uruguayan.

[...] Van Persie cost United £24million when he moved from Arsenal and United would be looking to recoup £15m – although they may be lucky to get that for a 30-year-old.

[...] Moyes has pursued Uruguayan star Cavani all season and is confident of signing the goal ­machine for £58m.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United battles with Gareth McAuley of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on March 8, 2014 in
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Cavani has netted 14 goals across 27 appearances in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season, per WhoScored. He is yet to provide an assist, but the hard-working star has adapted to his wide role with real haste. He is willing to track back, works for the team and doesn't appear overruled by there being a bigger star at the club in the shape of Zlatan.

Van Persie has posted 12 goals and three assists in 22 displays, but has been far more detrimental to the team when performing badly. Moyes' decision to substitute him against the Baggies highlighted this. Danny Welbeck's enthusiasm, energy and willingness to drive at Pepe Mel's defence thrust the side to scoring two late goals—one for the Englishman himself.

Considering Cavani playing just ahead of Rooney is certainly an enticing prospect. The duo of workhorses offer far more than just a goalscoring threat, something Moyes prioritised with his pugnacious Everton sides over the years.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Manchester United Manager David Moyes looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on February 9, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Ima
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The acquisition of the Uruguayan would certainly remind everyone that United mean business. It would also eliminate the myth that, because the team are unlikely to offer Champions League football next season, they won't be able to attract world-class players in the summer.