Why Louis van Gaal should avoid Edinson Cavani at all costs

Cavani

Recent reports have linked Manchester United with a £60 million move for Paris Saint Germain's Edinson Cavani.

For those currently labelling Radamel Falcao as a flop at Old Trafford, one would advise particular caution when it comes to reports linking Paris Saint Germain's Edinson Cavani with Manchester United.

According to the Daily Star, the Red Devils are planning a £60 million swoop for the 27-year-old Ligue 1 striker after deciding against a permanent move for Falcao, who has scored just four goals in 16 league appearances during his loan spell.

Once the most feared centre forward in Europe, the Colombian has largely struggled to impress throughout his debut - and potentially only - season in Manchester, leading many to speculate about the future of the club's striking options.

The Star report suggests United are now prepared to sanction a multi-million pound move for the Uruguayan, which would make him the most expensive signing in Premier League history. The Old Trafford outfit have reportedly been long-time admirers of Cavani and enquired about signing him just over 12 months ago when David Moyes was in charge.

Firstly, this deal makes little sense financially. £60 million, for a striker unproven in England, is a ludicrous amount of money. The club were happy to pay a similar sum for the services of Angel Di Maria during the summer window, but a Champions League winner and World Cup finalist, the Argentine is a different calibre of player.

If United fans are unhappy about Falcao's weekly pay packet, then Cavani's hefty demands - said to be approximately £300,000 a week - are likely to come under fire. The pressure of such high expectations is evidently impacting Falcao's form at Old Trafford, just imagine the impact on the somewhat less-celebrated Cavani.

Perhaps more importantly, Cavani is yet to really prove himself as a leading European centre-forward. Yes, he was prolific during his time with Napoli - scoring 78 goals in 104 league appearances - and has impressed equally during his time with PSG, but with all due respect, neither division as competitive as the Premier League; a lesson Falcao has quickly come to learn.

At 28 years of age, £60 million spent on Cavani would be even harder to justify, than £40 million spent on making a 28-year-old Falcao's move permanent. This tremendous sum of money would be much better spent on more shrewd investments, Cavani is not the answer.

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