Smalling and Rojo wages could cover Cavani's reported demands amid Manchester United links
Manchester United have recently been linked with Edinson Cavani and, on paper, it seems a no-brainer.
The striker may be 33 but his record in front of goal is incredible. With 341 goals in 556 career appearances, he could be an instant hit at Old Trafford.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, United are weighing up moves for Cavani or Luka Jovic, and either would be a wonderful option for the Red Devils.
The difference is, while Jovic would be on loan, Cavani – as a free agent – would arrive on a permanent contract.
According to Spanish publication Marca, the Uruguayan wants a minimum £120,000 a week and that looks a lot less when you consider the wages of two current United fringe men.
According to Spotrac, Marcos Rojo earns £80,000 a week and Chris Smalling earns £70,000. If both were to leave, that would free up £150,000 every week, making a move for Cavani far more feasible.
Even if United were to ultimately pay him closer to £200,000, waving goodbye to a couple of seemingly unwanted centre-backs would help considerably.
Money better spent
United have too many fringe players on long-term deals. Phil Jones takes home £75,000 a week while third-choice stopper Sergio Romero earns £70,000 but is unlikely to feature following Dean Henderson’s return.
United would be much better served spending their money on players who are going to make a big impact on the field. And Cavani would do that more than most.
The Uruguay international would not come without risk given his age. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic was 34 when he arrived and he will go down in United folklore.
Cavani would be on a lot less than Alexis Sanchez was and, if United can move some more high-paid players on, suddenly the former could look like a bargain.