Manchester Utd Transfer News: Edinson Cavani Makes Little Sense for Red Devils

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 12, 2014

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring against  Slovenia during a friendly soccer match in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
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Manchester United reportedly have Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani at the top of their transfer wish-list, but a move for the Uruguayan would make little sense for all parties involved.

The Red Devils are seemingly linked with every single player in world football these days, as Louis van Gaal gets ready to rebuild a squad that disappointed greatly in 2013-14.

Per Tuttosport (h/t The Daily Mail's David Kent), United have already made a £56 million offer for Cavani, who is supposedly unhappy in the French capital:

Manchester United have made a £56 million bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports in Italy. 

Daily newspaper Tuttosport report that Cavani, who spent six years in Italy with Palermo and Napoli, is top of new United manager Louis van Gaal's wishlist. 

The Uruguay striker, 27, only joined PSG last summer for around £55m, but is said to be unhappy in Paris at having to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Cavani joined the French outfit from Napoli last season, but in Paris, he was often forced to play out wide in favour of star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite playing out of position, the Uruguayan still put up excellent numbers, scoring 20 goals, per

He's a dominant forward blessed with great athleticism and lethal instincts, and his time in the Italian Serie A was extremely productive. It's no wonder Van Gaal would be interested in his services, but a marriage between the Red Devils and Cavani would not be a happy one.

Cavani joined PSG just last season, and the French champions would not be willing to part with their star striker for any fee below market value. Les Parisiens have pockets as deep as any team in world football, and they can afford to hold out on a transfer, even if the player himself pushes for a move.

As of right now, that hasn't happened. Cavani just won the French title with PSG and will be playing Champions League football next season. His chemistry with Ibrahimovic grew throughout the season, and he got more and more accustomed to playing out wide.

Sure, Cavani would still much prefer to play as a central striker, but with Luis Suarez occupying that position for the national team, his best chance at World Cup glory would likely be a wide role anyway.

United can't offer Cavani Champions League football, or European football for that matter. There's a good chance the Red Devils will reclaim their standing at the top of English football, but it's not a guarantee.

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Giving up the certainty of Paris for the uncertainty of Manchester requires a leap of faith for Cavani, and the rewards of such a move may not be as substantial as some people might suggest.

After all, one of United's biggest assets is still the man playing as a striker for their team, Robin van Persie. The Dutchman is many things, but versatile enough to play out wide he is not.

Unless the club are planning on moving the Dutch international this summer, Cavani would be joining a similar situation to the one he is reportedly looking to escape from in Paris.

A £56 million offer is quite substantial, even by United's standards. The team has other, more pressing needs to fill, particularly in midfield, and every penny they spend on a new striker is a penny they can't spend somewhere else.

There's no denying Cavani would be a big hit at Old Trafford, but for both parties, a move in 2014 just makes very little sense. Don't expect to see the Uruguayan playing in red-and-white next season.