Manchester United have begun a pursuit for a striker before the end of the transfer window, with Edinson Cavani a prime target.
After being linked with several players throughout the summer, the prime positions for strengthening were deemed to be right-wing, central midfield, centre-back and left-back. After signing Donny Van De Beek, Jadon Sancho has been prioritised all summer long, while Alex Telles and Dayot Upamecano have been linked for the defensive positions.
After Odion Ighalo saw his loan extended beyond it’s initial expiry date last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he is now due to stay at the club until January at the earliest so a striker was thought to not be a priority.
According to Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio though, Manchester United have approached Edinson Cavani about a potential move to Old Trafford this summer. While no official offer has been made to the player yet, who left PSG on a free transfer as their all-time top goalscorer, he is a target. The same report suggested that the Red Devils are also in talks with Real Madrid over striker Luka Jovic about a potential loan deal.
With Ighalo, Martial, Greenwood and Rashford all capable of playing in the centre forward role, it’s interesting that United would make these moves.
One idea could be that it’s seen as a short-term alternative to the signing of Jadon Sancho. The 20 year-old winger is still at Borussia Dortmund and the German side are insistent that a fee of less than €120million in guaranteed money won’t be accepted for the former Man City and Watford youngster.
With the club desperate to add quality to their front line beyond the three starters of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood, both Cavani and Jovic would offer that. Cavani would also bring the ability to play from a wide position like he did during his early PSG days when Zlatan Ibrahimovic occupied the No.9 position and experience to a youthful side.
An issue for any potential deal for Cavani could be his wages though. The Uruguayan was all set to join Benfica as part of their huge summer spree, but his wage demands put a stop to the deal when he reportedly refused to budge from his demands of around £200,000 per-week.
With demands that high, Cavani would likely expect to be a regular in the starting line-up and would probably want to play as the central figure up front. Whether that fits in with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s plans or not I don’t know but on paper it doesn’t quite seem to.
What’s clear though is that Manchester United are looking for attacking reinforcements before the transfer window closes next week.