Manchester United have been linked with an audacious and somewhat unlikely move for Edinson Cavani.
The Napoli striker has previously been linked with Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid, with the latter club said to be his preferred destination. But that hasn’t stopped United’s name being thrown into the hat, with talk of a £50million bid for the Uruguayan.
With no club having yet met Cavani’s £54million release clause, Napoli know they may have to sell at a reduced price. But if David Moyes did have a spare £50million to spend on a forward, surely he would ask for a little more and attempt to woe Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, rather than move for a player unproven in the Premier League.
With other reports suggesting Chelsea have agreed a fee with Napoli for the player, the link with United could simply be a last-minute attempt to force slightly improved terms from either the Blues or Madrid.
But in short – this one seems all paper-talk, no substance; as does the reported interest from Barcelona in Wayne Rooney.
The England striker is set to meet with Moyes this week to discuss the player’s future. And while Rooney is believed to want to stay, all this talk of replacements won’t be doing his confidence much good.
Recent reports suggest Rooney is seen as the perfect foil between Lionel Messi and Neymar.
No, we can’t see that one happening either.
And finally – because this wouldn’t be a United transfer round-up without some news on Thiago Alcantara – Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has confirmed what countless media outlets were reporting yesterday.
“Thiago’s dad just got back from Manchester,” he tweeted. “He wants to meet FCB and tell them his son wants to go to United. But FCB want 2 convince him 2 stay.”
Apart from raising the issue of a renowned journalist using “2” instead of “to” (even if it is to save characters) we will leave today’s last word to him.
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