Manchester United Transfer News: Edinson Cavani Opens Door Amid Arsenal Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 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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Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has said he finds the Premier League "very appealing" amid rumours he is wanted by both Manchester United and Arsenal.

Per Fox Sports (h/t ESPN), the Uruguayan was asked if he could be tempted to making the switch from France to England's top flight:

Honestly, it would be wrong if I said no. It is one of the most beautiful and important leagues in the world.

When as a player you have dreamed of playing at the highest level, it's normal that it gets your attention to be linked as a target as a possible addition to important clubs in the world.

But it doesn't go further than the reality and today's reality is that I'm a PSG player.

I've always said that wherever I have played, I've always respected that jersey and I've always defended it as though I had been a supporter of the team all my life.

I will respect it and I will continue to do so because it's how I approach life. The reality is that I'm here. We will see in the future, but it's true that the Premier League is very appealing.

United have struggled to threaten teams in the final third this season after inexplicably allowing the majority of their attacking talent to leave last summer—Angel Di Maria, Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao departed, while only Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay were brought in.

Martial has impressed, but United have few quality alternatives.
Martial has impressed, but United have few quality alternatives.Scott Heppell/Associated Press/Associated Press

Though Martial has looked highly promising, Depay has often struggled to replicate the form he showed in the Netherlands, and with Wayne Rooney either in poor form or injured for the majority of the campaign, the Red Devils have lacked fluency or a clinical finish up front.

Cavani has had a mixed time himself this season, but he is a prolific goalscorer, with 19 to his name so far in the campaign—often while playing out wide to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the centre.

He recently bagged two of PSG's nine as they routed Troyes to seal the Ligue 1 title, per BT Sport:

French football writer Andrew Gibney is not a fan, though, and was unimpressed by his brace:

The 29-year-old may not be able to truly reinvigorate United's forward line—he isn't known for dominating games in the way some strikers can—but he would nevertheless be a huge upgrade on their current centre-forward options, and they'd be more clinical with him in the side.

However, with Ibrahimovic almost certain to move on this summer due to his contract expiring, Les Parisiens will likely be reluctant to part with their only other top-class striker, so prising him away might be difficult until they can hire their own reinforcements.

Meanwhile, United might be set to sign Valencia star Andre Gomes as, according to Calciomercato, the youngster is a target for Juventus and Napoli, but his agent Jorge Mendes "could decide to bring him" to Old Trafford instead.

Athletic's midfielder Mikel San Jose (L) vies with Valencia's Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg football match between Valencia CF vs Athletic Club de Bilbao at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on March
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As noted by Jamie Anderson of the Daily Star, United have an "excellent relationship" with Mendes after he oversaw the likes of Di Maria and Falcao heading to United and Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Real Madrid.

Gomes has been one of the few rays of hope at the Mestalla this season, and the 22-year-old central midfielder has scored three goals and assisted six. Here are some of his highlights:

La Liga writer Andrew Gaffney lavished considerable praise on him in January:

As noted by Anderson, the Portuguese playmaker's release clause is £19.5 million—a figure United could easily afford and one that would be worth playing if he does live up to his potential.

The Red Devils would be wise to act quickly or risk losing him to their rivals—or find themselves having to shell out far more in order to land him somewhere down the line.  


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