Rumoured Manchester United target Edinson Cavani will reportedly leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with the striker said to be unhappy in the French capital.
That’s according to Le 10 Sport (h/t Sport Witness), which claim PSG are happy to see the forward leave for the right price. It’s noted in the piece that the Red Devils remain keen on the Uruguay international, although so do a lot of teams from Serie A, a division in which Cavani shone previously for Napoli.
Here is a look at why United fans should be excited about these latest rumours, as Cavani has proven himself to be one of the finest strikers around:
Still, he’s not actually playing as a centre-forward at the Parc des Princes, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic regularly deployed at the point of the attack. It means Cavani is primarily utilised on either flank, and while he’s still effective in these positions, he’s not at his best there.
United look to have been on the hunt for a forward too. But Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has insisted he would turn down a future move to the club, having heard the Premier League side were seeking to sign him in the January window.
There have been rumours surfacing that the young striker could leave the San Siro after a breakdown in the relationship between himself and manager Roberto Mancini. However, when asked about potential interest from the Red Devils, Icardi was adamant his future will be in Milan.
"I heard something, but I want to stay at Inter," he said to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Will Giles of Metro). "My answer will always be the same: I want to stay here. If Manchester try again, it will not be the first club or the last that I refuse. I feel good in Milan and I will not leave. The club has a major project and is making big investments to get back to winning and I want to help out."
Here’s how he, Cavani and United’s current starting centre-forward, Wayne Rooney, all compare in league matches this season:
|Apps (sub)||16 (6)||20 (1)||20 (1)|
|Shots per game||2.5||2||2.7|
|Key passes per game||0.7||1||1.5|
|Dribbles per game||0.6||0.3||0.7|
If United want a forward who can offer a lot more in general play, who is willing to work hard and is versatile, then it’d be no surprise to see them go all out for Cavani, who turns 29 on Feb. 14, at the end of the season. However, if they feel as though they need a poacher who is young and with room for improvement, then Icardi could be the best bet.
As these statistics show from WhoScored.com, the Inter man is a player who finds himself in brilliant positions because of his clever movement in the penalty area:
Mauro Icardi: Only Gonzalo Higuaín (26) has scored more clear-cut chances in the last 2 Serie A seasons than Icardi (21)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 11, 2016
Which striker would be the better acquisition for United?
Icardi, as is evident by his quotes, seems happy at Inter, though, meaning it’ll likely be more difficult to potentially prise him away if there is genuine interest.
At 22, he’d be a brilliant capture for United and another youthful talent in an exciting young squad.
Cavani looks more and more like a gettable target. Should he find himself continually out of the starting XI in the French capital then there will be plenty of top sides willing to take him off PSG’s hands.
United, with just Rooney and Anthony Martial as genuine options up front, would be a brilliant home for the Uruguayan in the peak years of his career.