Cavani criticised by manager, opens way for Chelsea, United move?

Manchester United target Edinson Cavani scored for Paris Saint Germain in the club's 1-1 draw with Sochaux but has not been exempt from criticism.

According to multiple reports, Premier League pair Manchester United and Chelsea will be exploring striking solutions in the upcoming summer transfer market and the British behemoth clubs share one target - PSG attacker Edinson Cavani, acquired by the Ligue 1 side last summer for an extraordinary £54m but a player who could be offloaded after just one season.

Cavani has played second fiddle to superstar Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Uruguayan has been shunted slightly out of position as a result.

In his last season with Napoli, Cavani scored 29 goals and five assists from 34 outings in Serie A - an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or assisted once every 87 minutes he is on an Italian field. In Ligue 1, he has still scored 15 times and assisted five from 28 appearances but he is competing in an inferior division and his attacking efficiency is also lower - one goal/assist every 105.9 minutes.

PSG recently took on Sochaux Montbeliard and even though Cavani scored, his overall performance was poor and he has since attracted criticism from manager Laurent Blanc.

"Cavani can be a leader on the field but off the field it is harder for him to be," said Blanc according to AS. "[PSG] have leaders in the group, such as Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic [but not Cavani]."

A transfer away from Paris may suit both player and club due to the current situation at Parc des Princes,

Manchester United have found goals hard to come by with the attacking burden almost shouldered solely by Wayne Rooney considering the injury-enforced absence of Robin van Persie, himself the subject of transfer speculation with Juventus and AS Monaco both supposedly interested in the Dutchman [for statistical proof why United may benefit from a van Persie sale, click here].

Chelsea, meanwhile, have Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres all rotating the primary striking role but not one of them is regarded to possess the quality to be a long-term solution.

Cavani has a valuation of £53m.

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