It was almost inevitable that Manchester United would be linked with a move for Edinson Cavani at some stage this summer, but in reality, this is surely a move that has no chance of happening.
As expected this summer, the primary target for David Moyes is to strengthen his midfield resources, with Thiago Alcantara seemingly close to moving to Old Trafford in a deal worth around £18million. Even if they land Thiago, Manchester United might feel they need some another new midfielder, perhaps a more physical player in the mould of Marouane Fellaini.
They might also add a defender to the squad, but one area that surely does not need strengthening is up front, where Robin Van Persie is ably supported by Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez.
Rooney is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, but even if they came to fruition, the natural move for Moyes is unlikely to be a £50million bid for Cavani.
The Uruguayan is an adaptable player, but part of the reason for the doubt over Rooney’s future is that the England striker has had to play second fiddle to Van Persie, and spending £50million on another top class centre forward would seem a slightly bizarre move given Manchester United’s need to strengthen their squad elsewhere.
The rumours seems more likely to benefit Napoli themselves, who are insisting that interested parties pay Cavani’s £54million release clause, something that Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City have all seemed unwilling to do so far. If those three clubs, all of whom need a striker more urgently than United, are refusing to pay £50million for the Uruguayan, it would certainly be a shock if the Premier League champions suddenly decided to.
The Cavani saga could end up being the biggest move this summer, and it will almost certainly be a two horse race between Chelsea and Real Madrid. Manchester United are rightly spending their time focusing on midfield targets, and even if Rooney leaves, if they were to suddenly offer £50million for Cavani, it would be one of the most surprising moves of the summer.
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