It’s been a woefully disappointing outcome for Radamel Falcao and while it looks almost certain that the Colombian’s loan deal will not be made permanent at the end of the season, Manchester United boss, Louis Van Gaal has set his sights on another South American to take his place – PSG’s Edinson Cavani.
According to the Metro, the Uruguayan goal machine will be enticed to Old Trafford with a handsome £220,000-a-week package to snatch him from the grasp of the Gunners who, until now, have been deemed favorites to land him next summer. The Dutch ‘tactical genius’ apparently sees more of what he wants in a target man in Cavani and will offload Falcao back to Monaco to make way and wages for the former Napoli man.
Cavani has mostly been observed as unsettled and unhappy with his treatment at the Parc des Princes under Laurent Blanc, having to play out of position in the wide areas for Zlatan Ibrahimovich to spearhead the attack from the center.
A well-taken header to equalize against Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday would have boosted his claim for more chances as a center forward and it is possible that United’s huge weekly package offer could see him make the switch to Old Trafford in the summer.
That would be a pointer to Wenger and his mercenary to be at alert to prepare their own offer. The Arsenal boss is a declared admirer of Cavani and has been strongly tipped to make a big move for him, though he played down a reported £62m move in the January window.
Perhaps, a Cavani move to United would let the Gunners have one-time target, Falcao, but with how flat he has been in the past six months, that is highly doubtful. If it’s a striker at the top of his game that Wenger has his eye on, Cavani would have to be one of his prime targets and it may spell a sign of a lack of ambition if United are left unchallenged to go on and be the team who brings the Matador to the Premier League.
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