Manchester United have fired David Moyes, but are apparently still desperate to land two big name transfer targets.
The Guardian report that United have their sights firmly set on Edinson Cavani of PSG and Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona.
Cavani, the paper write, is targeted amid a €60 million bid, while buying Fabregas would push the spending spree towards £100 million.
"United's chief executive, has been made aware that Cavani might be available and is also tempted to look again at Cesc Fábregas's position at Barcelona, despite the unsatisfactory way it turned out when they tried to sign him last summer."
The supposed transfer bids certainly pose questions however, and here are three:
Why would PSG accept €60 million for Cavani?
PSG paid £55 million for Edinson Cavani last summer, and so to sell him for the monetary equivalent of €60 million actually means they would be making a loss. It would mean them accepting £49.4 million upon current conversion rates. The club have no real desire to sell the Uruguayan after just one season, so it would require a figure of around €80 million for them to realistically begin entertaining sanctioning a sale.
Would Louis van Gaal actually not want Cavani?
Louis van Gaal is the current clear bookies favourite to land the Manchester United job, and his working relationship with Robin van Persie is seen as a major plus point of his possible appointment. Spending a club record fee on Cavani would see him become first choice and call Van Persie's chances into question. If his injury problems are likely to persist then it may be a shrewd move, but if not then Van Gaal may see the transfer as alienating one of his closest allies at the club.
How does Arsenal's first option affect Fabregas?
Following their sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, it's believed Arsenal retain a first refusal option should the Spaniard become available. Arsene Wenger told The Evening Standard last year: "We have the [first option] clause in the contract so we would be on alert." What is not clear is how it relates to transfer bids. If United offer a certain amount, would Arsenal have to match it to invoke their clause? If not, then United would be able to outbid the Gunners, but if so, Wenger has the power to scupper United's move.
Here's a look at how fans reacted to the reports:
Wow .. Cesc again ?! Cavani ? Shaw and Carvalho ? Hmmm if true we are not Messing about ..! And Off course Top Manager #MUFC— Fred (@FredyTheRed) April 23, 2014
Really like him as a player, utter quality, but Is there a real need for Cavani? #MUFC— SirMatthewAlexander (@MrBusbyFerguson) April 23, 2014
What's the obsession with Cavani? We Got Rooney and RVP, And Hernadez and welbeck aren't bad back ups either. #mufc— Dutto (@RDutton87) April 23, 2014
I would only want Fabregas if Kroos does not happen tbh, a good player, perfect in a midfield 3 #mufc— Hardy Shaw (@officialihardy) April 23, 2014