United and Arsenal suffer BLOW as £44m-rated target set to join Juve – report

Manchester United and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani this summer as Juventus are closing in on the signing, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 28-year-old Uruguayan forward has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Manchester United and Arsenal both believed to be keen, but a move back to Serie A now looks the most likely option.

Cavani joined PSG from Napoli for around £50 million in July 2013 and has gone on to score 53 goals in 93 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.

Playing with Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hampered his chances as he has had to fill in out wide at times and the French giants are now set to cash in on Cavani so they can go on another spending spree.

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Cavani has scored 16 league goals in 33 games this season and Juventus want to bring him back to Italy. The Old Lady will send representatives to meet with the player’s agents on Wednesday and have put an €8 million contract on the table.

The only difficulty for Juve could be negotiating a deal with PSG as the French club will not want to sell for any less than they value the striker, even if Cavani wants to join Juventus.

But for now, it looks like Cavani is a name that won’t be coming to England in the next few months and so United and Arsenal will have to look elsewhere.

Would Edinson Cavani be a perfect signing for Manchester United or Arsenal? Should he move to Juventus this summer?

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United CLOSE on £44m-rated South American goal-machine

Manchester United are closing in on Paris Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani, who is expected to leave the French champions this summer, according to The Express.

Cavani has been forced to play as a wide-man for PSG, second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and is looking to get back to his preferred role as an out-and-out striker even if that means he has to move clubs.

The Uruguayan goal-machine was reportedly close to a summer move to Juventus, but it seems the Italian giants are unwilling to meet his hefty wage demands.

It is understood that Cavani will demand a £5.75 million-a-year salary and Louis Van Gaal’s side are more than capable of giving the striker what he wants.

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United flop, Radamel Falcao, is expected to move on this summer and his departure will free up a huge £265,000-a-week in wages for new faces at the club, and Cavani could be a straight swap.

United have been linked with a number of top goalscorers already ahead of this summer transfer window but Cavani could be the most likely to make the move to Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old is rated at £44 million by transfermarkt.co.uk and it is no surprise given his goal output. He has netted a staggering 193 club career goals in 347 appearances. His experience of playing at the top level, including in the Champions League, makes him an ideal candidate for United ahead of their summer rebuild.

Is Edinson Cavani the goalscorer Manchester United need?

United set to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to £60m striker

Manchester United are lining up a £60 million bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani this summer, and will try to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to his signature, according to the Daily Star.

Louis Van Gaal is reportedly prepared to offload Robin Van Persie to make room for yet another marquee signing and Cavani could be the man to help fire them back to the top next season.

If Van Gaal is to offload both Van Persie and misfiring Radamel Falcao, the Star claims they will have £460,000-a-week in wages to spare.

This would give them the leverage to pay Cavani the £300,000-a-week United bosses are apparently prepared to pay the 28-year-old striker to lure him to Old Trafford.

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Cavani is reported to be unsettled at PSG and has stated he could move on from the French champions this summer.

“For now I think only about finishing the season well here and give my best for the club that pays me.

“In Paris, I’m fine, but in football you never know what can happen in the future.”

Cavani has not featured in his preferred striker role enough as he would like with the French giants, playing second-fiddle to key man Zlatan Ibrahimovic since his £55m move from Napoli in 2013.

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Despite being played out of position at PSG, Cavani has an impressive 43 goals in 84 games for the club but has failed to live up to the levels which earned him the move from Napoli, where he scored 104 goals in 138 games.

The Uruguayan could prove to be a formidable strike partner for United captain Wayne Rooney next year – an attacking duo clubs all over Europe would fear.

Should Manchester United make a move for Edinson Cavani? Is he what they need?