Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani is said to be "extremely keen" to move to Manchester United, and the Uruguay superstar's representatives have "initiated the contact" with the Red Devils board.
The Premier League giants are now considering presenting an official bid to PSG, according to sources cited by ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney.
Delaney explained the current situation between United and Cavani:
The 28-year-old's representatives initiated the contact with the Old Trafford hierarchy, hoping to rekindle United's previous interest in the player, and there is an increasing feeling at the Premier League club that he may provide a solution to their striking problems.
Louis van Gaal's side have become notorious for their failure to score this season -- especially in blank first halves at home -- as well as a lack of urgency and pace in attack, and the feeling is that the Uruguayan striker can add both.
United have shown interest in the attacker since David Moyes' tenure at the club, with the former boss keen to land Cavani in 2013, per Delaney. The Ligue 1 champions have previously been reluctant to put the striker on the market, but with plans to refresh their squad in the the summer, moving on a top earner such as Cavani would make financial sense.
The hitman has often played second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovich during his time in the French capital, often moved out wide to accommodate the mercurial Swede.
Cavani has managed to maintain a strong strike rate despite not playing as the central striker, plundering a ratio better than one-goal-in-two, scoring 69 times in 120 appearances in all competitions—according to Delaney.
Parisians manager Laurent Blanc admitted he's had a recent issue with Cavani, after the striker left for his winter break before PSG's final match of 2015 due to injury. The decision was reportedly unpopular with team-mates, per French newspaper L'Equipe (h/t ESPN FC's Mark Rodden).
Blanc told to reporters there had been a meeting to discuss several points with the squad, including the early departure of the Uruguay international, although he tried to play down the event:
We have several meetings like that to talk about various problems. Not only problems, incidentally -- things to improve, things to look at again, things to change.
So we did indeed talk about Cavani too but it wasn't the main talking point of the meeting.
We discussed Cavani for a precise problem. It was in-house dealings like we discussed other times for other players.
Cavani is not a problem. There was a situation that had to be judged, that had to be discussed and that we had to have an exchange about. That's all.
Here is a video displaying why United might want to sign the player:
United have been an abject failure in attack this season, and it is not unwise to speculate the team would be near the top of the Premier League with a predator at the point of the attack.
Anthony Martial appears destined to develop into a world-class forward, but Wayne Rooney has failed this season, despite producing stronger performances through January.
United need to find Rooney's immediate heir to the throne, and Cavani has the pedigree to take his crown with little fuss.
Bleacher Report UK's Andrew Gibney noted the PSG fans might be preparing for Cavani's exit, with clear discontent shown towards the player in recent times:
The boos for Cavani starting to creep in...this is when he usually scores.— Andrew Gibney (@Gibney_A) January 13, 2016
The Red Devils have become a poor watch under manager Louis van Gaal, and fans are bursting in anticipation for a signing of Cavani's stature.
However, the Theatre of Dreams faithful will approach a transfer for the Uruguayan with caution, fresh from the recent disappointment surrounding Angel Di Maria's purchase and exit.
Would Cavani fail at United?
Cavani is a hardworking individual, and this will appeal to LvG, who likes all of his players to chip in when possession is vacated.
At 28, the striker is entering the prime of his career, and if his time in Paris is about to come to an end, the Premier League will be a desirable destination for the former Napoli player.
United are desperate to recapture lost glories with a new set of heroes, and Cavani could be the individual that triggers a recovery for Van Gaal.