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Is Manchester United's target Edinson Cavani worth the investment?

According to reports Manchester United are on hot pursuit of PSG's Edinson Cavani, but is he worth the investment?

According to the Guardian, Manchester United are prepared to begin this summer’s transfer activity ahead of instating a permanent manager to succeed David Moyes, with recent enquires exploring the possibility of bringing Paris Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani to Old Trafford.

Ed Woodward, United's chief executive, has been made aware that the Uruguayan might be available, however the 27-year-old’s fee could be as high a £60 million.

It’s difficult to see PSG wanting to sell Cavani. They would be under no pressure to accept an extortionate offer, especially considering he has been playing for the capital outfit for less than a season. He signed from Napoli for £52.7m only last summer, making him the sixth most expensive player in the world.

The transfer also makes very little sense from Manchester United’s perspective. With Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the ranks, the club is already well accounted for in attack.

Yes he has immense quality, but is he superior to the United’s current first team options?

Cavani is a fantastic player and his arrival would benefit the side in some respects. There is no doubt he would bring a new level of dynamism to the Red Devils’ attack, with his pace and direct style of play.

He made an excellent start to life in Ligue 1 however he influence diminished somewhat throughout the second half of the season. In 28 appearances he’s found the back of the net on 15 occasions – a decent record considering he is playing in the same side as the infamous Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

However, his goal scoring is no greater than United’s current first team options. Having scored 0.54 goals per match, he is less prolific than Robin Van Persie, whilst he scores just as often as Wayne Rooney – who has regularly played in the less advanced ‘number 10’ role.

  TeamPosGoalsGoals / appsGoal AssistAppsMins
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 15 0.54 10 28 2,358
Robin van Persie Man Utd FW 11 0.61 3 18 1,466

It’s hard to warrant a club record fee outlay on a position that does not need reinforcing. Why spend £60 million on a striker when so many other areas of the team need such desperate attention?

The priority for United should be the midfield, as well as finding replacements for the departing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand but, according to the report, the club have already held preliminary talks to ascertain whether Cavani might be prised away from Paris.

You could make the argument that Ed Woodward is simply plotting to bring another superstar name to the club. However, if this is the case, his ambition is flawed. This rumour could be nothing more than a ploy to sell shirts and raise further revenue through sponsorship, or inject a bit of positivity during a moment of uncertainty.

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