With Robin van Persie departure becoming increasingly certain with each passing game, Manchester United has reportedly decided to replace him with Edinson Cavani of PSG.
Various reports in English newspapers including Sunday People have confirmed today that Italian giants Juventus are vying for the signature of the Dutchman and United also see RVP as “dispensable” member of the squad. Preferable target for the Old Trafford to replace Van Persie is Edinson Cavani.
Robin van Persie could reportedly be allowed to leave Manchester United in the summer, but only if David Moyes can secure the signing of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani to replace him.
Van Persie, who has had to deny rumours of a rift with United boss David Moyes, cut a forlorn figure when taken off in the second half of the 3-0 win at West Brom yesterday.
His comments earlier this month that other players take his space did not go down well with team-mates.
And now Moyes is ready to cut his losses on the Dutchman, who has looked a shadow of the player who fired United to the title last season.
A claim by the Sunday People suggests that Moyes is confident of pulling off a spectacular £58m deal for the much coveted Uruguayan international. If indeed such a transfer can be arranged, United could be tempted to cut their losses on van Persie, whose future continues to be a point of contention.
Cavani forged quite a reputation as a fearsome goal scorer whilst playing for Palmero and later Napoli in Serie A. Since joining PSG last summer in a €65m deal, the 27-year-old has grabbed 21 goals in all competitions to help the Qatari-backed super-club move eight points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and put one foot in the Champions League quarter finals. As a result he remains one of the most sought after individuals in Europe and Moyes allegedly feels such a player will add significant attacking options to his squad.
The 26-year-old’s contract at PSG runs until 2018, and Cavani is reportedly on between £6.6-8.3m-a-year after tax.
Van Persie cost United £24million when he moved from Arsenal and United would be looking to recoup £15m – although they may be lucky to get that for a 30-year-old.
Another stumbling block is the salary of £180,000 a week pocketed by the striker, who is only halfway through a four-year deal.
Last season, van Persie’s goals were seen as the main reason United ran away with the Premier League title race. This campaign, however, has been a different story as United continue to languish in sixth place, with ambitions of finishing in the top four quickly fading.
However, if United fail to make the Champions League then they will struggle to make marquee signings such as Cavani – even this season when they were in the Champions League they struggled to make signings of his caliber.