Verdict: Should Man United sign Edinson Cavani? – FootballFanCast.com
The Uruguayan international could prove to be in demand, as his contract with Paris Saint-Germain is coming to an end, meaning he will be available for a free transfer.
For now, the Red Devils are said to be joined in their pursuit of the 33-year-old by Atletico Madrid, Boca Juniors and Inter Miami.
The striker has obvious pedigree in the game, from his time with PSG and Napoli, as well as the vast Champions League experience he holds. Though at 33 years old, there may be questions asked about whether he fits in with the direction Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to lead United.
With this in mind, FFC writers have offered their verdicts on whether Cavani is someone United and Ed Woodward should be pursuing, or if they should look elsewhere.
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“Cavani is the type of striker that United could do with.
“He’s prolific, has scored200 goals in 301 appearances for PSG, and it would certainly be interesting to see him in the Premier League.
“After all, the last time United signed a vastly experienced striker, they ended up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and he didn’t turn out too bad; he won the Europa League and the EFL Cup during his time in England.
“Cavani could be their next Zlatan by coming in, making an instant impact, and also serving as a mentor to the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
“There can be few better players to learn from.
“United, thus, should make this move happen and bring the 33-year-old in when they get the chance.”
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“Cavani to Manchester United? Is it 2015 again?
“A move for the 33-year-old would go against all the principles Solskjaer has put in place at the club since his permanent appointment. He has brought in young British talent such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James, whilst you’re inclined to put Harry Maguire in the same category given the longevity he’ll have as a centre-back, too.
“He also got rid of Romelu Lukaku in the summer, and while he still hasn’t been replaced, is the Uruguay international really the right option? Going on age alone, he’s a far worse option than Lukaku with only a couple more seasons left at the top-flight.
“I think OGS would be better off finding a younger foil to his current options or at least put more faith in his current options – Anthony Martial’s best season came as a number nine (18 goals, 11 assists primarily from a central role in 2015/16) and Mason Greenwood is the next Robin van Persie, right?
“Woodward must not sanction this deal in a million years.”
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“Having settled for Odion Ighalo on a desperate deadline day, Woodward shouldn’t turn up his nose at Cavani whatsoever. The Uruguayan may be 33, but he is still proving himself to be a prolific goal-scorer at the highest level. Injury issues have seen his game-time restricted this season, with just22 games, but he has still managed seven goals across all competitions.
“Last year saw him find the back of the net18 times in just 21 Ligue 1 matches, and due to his time at Napoli and PSG, he comes with a great level of pedigree and reputation. He has played Champions League football for a number of seasons now, and that is the calibre of player the Red Devils should be targeting. This is a no-brainer for Woodward.”
Should United move for Cavani?
“United’s attack can be thrilling to watch at times, due to how quickly they spring into action and exploit any space surrendered by the opposition. At 33 years old, it is pretty obvious that Cavani won’t be able to add to this youthful exuberance.
“However, Ighalo has shown that an older head can come in and make the most of his teammates possessing these attributes, coming off the bench and playing in the cups, gettingfour goalsand an assist from three starts and five substitute appearances across all competitions.
“Now, Cavani is clearly a higher profile and better finisher than the Nigerian, so if he can do it, so can the Uruguayan. This is a move that could work, but it all depends on whether Cavani would be willing to take a bit more of a back seat and be used more sporadically than he has been in the past. If he is, then he could definitely prove to be a useful asset for United.”
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