Are United really interested in Edinson Cavani?

Last week former United defender Rio Ferdinand said that he would look to sign Edinson Cavani at Old Trafford if he was in charge.

Days later a report in French newspaper L’Equipe report United have entered the running for Cavani’s signature.

United are not claimed to be keen on a deal this month. Instead he is said to be a target on a free transfer in the summer.

What’s his situation?

Cavani’s contract expires in June and he has been strongly linked with Atletico Madrid.

Nothing formal has been signed yet, and United, along with Chelsea, are claimed by L’Equipe to be interested.

The Uruguayan has been pushed aside at PSG by Mauro Icardi’s summer arrival.

With Neymar and Kylian Mbappe also there too, he has simply been squeezed out.

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Would he be a good fit?

Cavani is not the elite striker PSG paid £55 million to sign in 2013. But he is still a very good goalscorer.

Last season he scored 23 goals, 40 the year before, and 49 in 2016/17. This campaign in limited opportunities he has netted five.

There would be comparisons to United’s move for Zlatan if Cavani signed his former teammate, but the South American is more of a team player.

Throughout his career he has played alongside other top goalscorers, whether it be Zlatan, Mbappe or Neymar at PSG, or Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan for Uruguay.

He could easily fit into United’s side and help Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood flourish, rather than stifling them. The attention he would command from defences could help both of them out.

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What’s the verdict?

Atletico are still strong favourites to sign Cavani, and we have seen United’s name used by numerous players and clubs as a negotiating tactic in the past.

At 32, Cavani still has plenty of football left in him, and he would be a good signing on a two-year deal. United would be smart to enquire and see if there is interest at his end.

He would raise standards at United, while not harming the long-term development of younger talent. Adding a top class veteran into the mix can still be helpful.

We have seen big money moves for Alexis Sanchez go badly, and that’s why United would have to keep a contract sensible and length short. If he doesn’t go for that, then move on.

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