Manchester United Transfer News: Edinson Cavani Seeks PSG Talks over Future

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

Paris Saint Germain's Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, kicks the ball during a French league one soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Rennes at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Paris Saint Germain clinched its second straight French league title on Wednesday after rival Monaco drew 1-1 against French Cup holder Guingamp. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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Edinson Cavani has given some indication of his summer intentions after revealing he is seeking talks with senior club officials in an effort to clarify his Parc des Princes future.

The Uruguayan's first season with Paris Saint-Germain has produced mix results and he spoke to French daily newspaper L'Equipe (h/t Sky Sports) in April about what the future holds, including the speculation linking him with Manchester United:

Will I stay at PSG next season? I will surely talk with the chairman, and with the club. If I have important things to say, I will do it in-house. I believe we will all do our best for things to go off smoothly.

I don't know what is true or not in when you hear things like that.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic occupying the central striking role, Cavani has played most of his football this term from out wide as Laurent Blanc struggles to accommodate two finishers of such high class.

That being the case, Cavani has still managed to score 16 Ligue 1 goals during his first French campaign, per Squawka, maintaining some of the scoring reputation which led to last summer's €65 million move to the capital.

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ESPN FC's Ian Holyman writes that PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi "reportedly reprimanded" his player for those comments. BeIN Sports quotes Al Khelaifi in being confident of seeing the striker remain in Paris:

United have been linked with a bounty of signings this summer even though expected incoming manager Louis van Gaal will already have countryman Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney as options up front.

The BBC (h/t Independent's Saul Brookfield) quotes the Dutchman saying of the Red Devils' management position:

I would love the job. I hope that I shall be the one. It's the biggest club in the world and it's a fantastic challenge. You [the media] are thinking I'm the man but the most important thing is whether Manchester United are thinking that.

Cavani's acquisition would certainly send a statement of serious intent on Van Gaal's part, in ways quite the opposite of David Moyes' sole summer transfer window at Old Trafford, which only succeeded in bringing Marouane Fellaini to the club.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07:  Edinson Cavani of PSG reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Stade Rennais FC at Parc des Princes on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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However, there has to be some question as to whether the Red Devils are really in need of such a high-profile name such as his which, alongside Van Persie, could present a similar issue to the one occurring with Ibrahimovic at present.'s Robin Bairner confirms that the PSG fans may also be influencing Cavani's intentions:

Due to the fact that his big-money move was just last summer, Cavani's sale would likely require a similar fee to the one PSG paid in 2013.

For now, both Cavani and Van Gaal have World Cup needs to focus on in the coming months, but a summer of change could also lie ahead for the pair.