Manchester United's Cavani chase depends on Chelsea and £80m

Manchester United want Edinson Cavani but it is Chelsea who hold the cards with regard to a deal.

Manchester United are reportedly so keen on signing Edinson Cavani that even Sir Alex Ferguson has involved himself, enquiring directly with former player and PSG boss Laurent Blanc.

Rumours have existed since late last year that the Uruguayan is unsettled at the Ligue 1 champions, which stem from him making just four starts as a centre-forward, and 15 wide-right, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic preferred through the middle.

Yet PSG are unlikely to want to allow a blue-chip player leave without securing a high-profile replacement, and they have an idea in the pipeline.

France Football reported on the front cover of it's latest magazine that PSG want to spend £80 million to sign Eden Hazard in the summer from Chelsea, even mocking up a photo of the Belgian in a Le Parisiens shirt.

Jose Mourinho stated earlier in the month said he is determined to keep hold of the player, describing him as 'not for sale' and if he was, only for 'crazy money.'

With Hazard seemingly still the top target for the club, Manchester United's transfer for Edinson Cavani would be dependent on Chelsea making a u-turn and relinquishing their star player.

PSG have no cash flow issues and do not need to sell before they can buy, but could well decide to allow Cavani to leave if he does indeed want to, should Hazard arrive.

So Chelsea likely hold the cards regarding Edinson Cavani's future, which in turn leads to the possible question regarding any swap deal.

World class strikers are difficult to come by, as Chelsea fans well know by the dearth of them in recent seasons, and the prospect of swapping Cavani for Hazard is at least one worth debating.

Hazard, outstanding this season, is however especially unlikely to leave Chelsea if Juan Mata departs the club this January. It's hard to imagine one big Chelsea talent departing, let alone two.

If United sign Mata, their chances naturally then of securing Cavani decrease, with PSG's top priority even more likely to be made 'off-the-table' by Jose Mourinho.

The chance to sign a genuine superstar like Cavani was always going to be complex for Manchester United. The varying characters and finances involved in the potential merry-go-round make it even more difficult than that.

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