Although they have just agreed a deal to sign Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United may have been given a come-and-get-me green light from Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani – a mano the Daily Mirror have linked with a possible summer move to Old Trafford.
Despite quotes from the club's president last week in Le Parisien saying that he would not listen to offers for the striker, Nasser Al-Khelaifi may not have a choice after Cavani's latest interview.
Speaking to the French version of GQ magazine, via Football Italia, he has cast fresh doubt over his future:
“Will I stay at PSG? I might, I might not. I don’t know what could happen,” said Cavani
One of his main grievances seems to be how Laurent Blanc continues to use him in a 4-3-3 formation.
He added: “When I arrived in Paris, I had to move to the flank, but people don’t understand how much that change influenced my performances.”
It’s interesting to hear the former Napoli forward talk this way. PSG’s formation gives him freedom to push into the centre when Zlatan Ibrahimovic often drops deep into the midfield. He is by no means restricted to a place wide on the wing.
“I want to play as a centre-forward,” he continued. “In that position my performances would certainly improve. It is the role that I prefer, by a long shot.
“I would score many more goals if I played as a centre-forward.”
All too often in the past 18 months, Cavani has been given the chance to play as the centre-forward, and the problem has been that the performances have not followed.
PSG may be making noises that they wouldn’t accept bids this summer, but after his inability to impress on the biggest stage, plus his latest quotes, they might be tempted to cut ties with the Uruguayan at the end of the season.