Report: Manchester United must pay £300,000 per week to sign Edinson Cavani

Manchester United have been linked with PSG's Edinson Cavani.

Manchester United are weighing up a summer transfer for Edinson Cavani, report The Star.

The Red Devils are claimed to be weighing up alternatives to under-performing striker Radamel Falcao, who has scored only four goals since signing for the club on loan.

With a history of knee problems, and failing to fit into Louis van Gaal's system, the Colombian is running out of time to prove himself.

That's why his former Ligue 1 title rival Cavani is reportedly being considered, but his salary could top the Monaco loanee's current pay packet.

The report states: "Former Napoli hitman Cavani is one of the most feared strikers in Europe and would command wages of around £300,000-a-week at Old Trafford.

"It is understood PSG are willing get Cavani off the wage bill in the summer to help them meet UEFA's financial fair play regulations."

Falcao comparison

Cavani turns 28 today and is just one year younger than Falcao. He has been in far better form this season, netting five goals in six Champions League games.

In Ligue 1 he has not been spectacular though, with his return of eight in 19 around the minimum expectation for a striker of his reputed calibre.

Last season he scored 20 goals in 38 appearances for PSG, a similar strike rate to Falcao's 11 in 20 matches.

Lesson learned?

United may consider Cavani an upgrade to Falcao, a dynamic player able to do what the Colombian has not been able to, but their records do not suggest a great deal of difference.

At £300,000 per week, the Uruguayan will need to step up in the Champions League games against Chelsea to really convince he is worth that sort of money.

He was criticised in France for missing a late chance at Stamford Bridge last season as the French champions were knocked out, and had a disappointing World Cup, scoring only once in four matches.

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