There was a sensational claim in The Mail over the weekend, that Manchester United are monitoring Edinson Cavani for a potential January transfer.
"Edinson Cavani could be a surprise departure from Paris St Germain in January. The Uruguayan is keen on a move to the Premier League despite making his move to France a relative success...Manchester United will monitor developments."
There are five clear reasons why a deal won't happen...
1) Cavani may actually be very happy at PSG
International teammate Luis Suarez said just in October, when talk about a potential early switch for Cavani surfaced: "No. He said he is happy in Paris. He is happy with the big club he has discovered, his team-mates and the way football is in France." On the field he has scored 16 goals in 18 starts for PSG.
2) PSG will not want to sell
Can you see a club who spent €64 million on a striker in the summer selling him just after six months, especially one as cash-rich as PSG? The French champions hold all the cards, despite any protests from the player.
3) Forget the Premier League, Cavani's dream is La Liga
If Cavani does try to force a move, don't expect the Premier League to be his destination, Real Madrid may just be his next stop. He said this summer, 'Real Madrid are a beautiful team, every player dreams of playing there when he is a child.'
4) Do United have the money?
Manchester United have never paid more than around the £30 million mark for a player, and to sign Cavani they would have to at least top the £53 million PSG paid for him. There were rumours United were willing to commit a huge amount to a signing in the summer, but it proved to be just all talk from CEO Ed Woodward.
However committing such a substantial sum when the club are at risk of missing out on Champions League football next season would present a clear financial gamble, which it would be quite uncharacteristic of the club to take.
Back to Luis Suarez, he and Edinson Cavani are great friends on and off the field. Would Cavani really go to a club where an arch-rival of one of his closest pals plays? It may not be a deal-breaker, but it could add to the multitude of reasons against.
Ah, but is there hope for United? This is perhaps the only way we can see a transfer deal happening
** Wayne Rooney
United currently have the cloud of Wayne Rooney's contract hanging over them, and PSG were linked with a mega-bid for him last summer.
If Cavani genuinely does want a transfer, and PSG decide they do not want an unhappy player on their books, swapping him for Wayne Rooney plus cash could be the only satisfactorily way to make it work.
Rooney has 18 months left on his contract, currently said to be stalling on it, and United could solve the problem by moving him onto PSG and ensuring he does not land in Chelsea's clutches, giving the French champions an equally 'big name' player.
Plus one reason why he could want a move...
Cavani may have an incredible goal record since signing, but there are reasons why he would have discontent as to how it is going on the field. Rather than playing in his preferred position up front, the Uruguayan has made just 4 of his 18 starts up front.
He has instead been shifted wide right 13 times and played out on the left once, to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic up front. Robin van Persie's presence at United may again indicate the Red Devils are not the best club for him if he moves on, but a side like Chelsea may just be able to offer him what he is looking for.
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