Manchester United Transfer News: Edinson Cavani's Father Wants Red Devils Move

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2016

PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates his goal during the Champions League round of 16, 1st leg soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Luis Cavani, father of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, reportedly named Manchester United as a club he would like to see his son move to, as he believes Cavani is "suffering" in the French capital due to frequently being deployed out wide.

According to Israeli TV station Sport 5 (h/t Metro's Tom Olver), he said:

Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] is not willing to play on the wings. So they gave up on Edinson. PSG themselves. It will be difficult for Edinson in the Champions League this season. 

Edinson is suffering at PSG. If they let him play as the number nine he will be happy. I would like to see him play for Real Madrid, Manchester United or Juventus.

Indeed, Transfermarkt noted Cavani played out wide in 23 of his 35 appearances this season. Despite frequently not being used in his favoured central position, the 29-year-old has netted 15 times in all competitions.

Cavani did not start in PSG's round-of-16 first-leg tie with Chelsea on Tuesday, but he came off the bench to score the winner with a lovely run and finish, per BT Sport Football:

Spanish football expert Sergi Dominguez noted Cavani has developed something of a reputation for struggling under pressure, but his goal against Chelsea proved a counter to that, per journalist Rafael Hernandez:

French football writer Andrew Gibney quipped the goal could bring about a move in the summer:

United have often been found wanting in attack this season, as their return of just 33 goals in 26 Premier League games and seven goalless draws in all competitions suggests.

Cavani is one of the most prolific strikers in European football with a staggering 212 goals scored in 386 appearances for Palermo, Napoli and PSG.

The centre-forward is very much a finisher of chances rather than a creator of themSquawka noted he has just two assists from 15 chances created in Ligue 1 this termso he would not be a player who could add much-needed verve the Red Devils' attacking play.

However, what he could do is add ruthlessness to their finishingsomething the likes of Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay have frequently struggled to do themselves and that is vital in a team that creates relatively few chances.   

Cavani's father conceded the rumours that have long linked his son with a move to Old Trafford are yet to bear any real fruit, though, per the report:

We heard that other teams are interested in him. Manchester United are always linked during the transfer window.

There is always talk of Real Madrid or Manchester United wanting him, but in the end nothing materialises.

While United have plenty of money at their disposal in the transfer market and could afford his transfer fee and wage demands, that would likely require a significant investment on both counts—something they may be unwilling to do given his age, though it would hardly be inconceivable.

The recruitment of players such as Depay, 22, and Anthony Martial, 20, has hinted the Red Devils are largely concentrating on younger prospects.

While they'll no doubt also be willing to splash out on more proven marquee signings, United are perhaps slightly more likely to pursue players younger than the Uruguayan.