Richard Keys believes Edinson Cavani's proposed move to Manchester United is a "done deal" if the Red Devils can persuade the Paris Saint-Germain striker to join.
As written by the former Sky Sports presenter on his blog and via David Lynch's round-up for the Manchester Evening News, David Moyes can land the Uruguayan hitman by proposing a significant transfer fee in the summer:
"Edison (sic) Cavani is a done deal - if they can persuade him to sign," writes Keys. "It'll cost £80m to get him out of PSG. But will he want to join a team that might not even be playing Europa Lge football?"
Keys' comments come after United succumbed to a 3-0 humiliation against Liverpool, the latest result in a dismal debut campaign for Moyes.
While Steven Gerrard's duo of penalties and Luis Suarez's late goal piled on the misery for United—who are set to finish outside the top four this campaign—Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney failed to influence the game for last year's champions.
An industrious, hard-working player like Cavani would certainly be welcomed at Old Trafford. Rumours of a potential move have continued to arise across the past few weeks, but the player acknowledged he is happy at the Parc des Princes, per Jamie Sanderson of the Metro:
I don't know why people are saying I'm not happy at PSG – it's not true.
What we talk about in the dressing room should stay there and the private life of a football player has to remain private. I am feeling well in Paris and at PSG.
Cavani has scored 18 goals in 29 appearances across Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season, per WhoScored.com. This is rather impressive considering Laurent Blanc has pushed the former Napoli striker away from his central role and onto the flank, a tactical decision which allows Zlatan Ibrahimovic to maintain his role as the team's spearhead.
United continue to lack any kind of impetus in attack and hardly forced Simon Mignolet into a save during the Liverpool game. Van Persie's recent performances have seen the Dutchman barely get involved and appear isolated in front of a lethargic midfield setup, as highlighted by Squawka:
Robin van Persie vs Liverpool: 4 shots, 0 take-ons, 0% headed duel success, 12 passes completed & 0 chances created. pic.twitter.com/PKKMUd5k1O— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 16, 2014
Simon Mignolet completed the same number of passes (12) as Robin van Persie today.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 16, 2014
Moyes is expected to receive a budget of £200 million in order to improve United's squad, reported by Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail. While pressure continues to grow on the manager, landing someone of Cavani's ilk would certainly give United supporters plenty to cheer about.
Should Manchester United try to sign Edinson Cavani for £80 million?
The battle-hardened forward's physicality and outrageous scoring ability would fit in nicely alongside the equally energetic Rooney, but one of the pair would need to ensure they are in advanced positions at all times, and not dropping back.
A reported fee of £80 million is expensive, and would need to be balanced via sales, but United must ensure fresh blood is injected at the end of the season. Cavani has the desire, drive and ambition to succeed even when moved away from his preferred position and hasn't let the change compromise his goal tally.
This is exactly the kind of attitude Moyes needs to identify from any potential signings.