Manchester United are said to be ‘cautiously exploring’ the possibility of signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani this month, though the club are wary of repeating previous mistakes made with the signing of Alexis Sanchez.
Cavani has emerged as one of the most in-demand players of the January transfer window after handing in a transfer request at PSG, the Uruguay international having informed the French champions of his desire to leave this month in search of a new challenge.
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid also share a strong interest in signing the forward this month, the Spanish side having seen an initial proposal rejected after falling below PSG’s valuation of the 32-year-old.
According to the Telegraph, Manchester United are monitoring developments as they seek attacking reinforcements, though the club are wary of repeating the expensive mistakes made when signing another high profile forward in Sanchez from Arsenal two years ago.
Cavani has been amongst the most prolific forwards in European football in recent seasons and has established himself as PSG’s all-time record goalscorer since moving to the French capital from Napoli, whilst a record of 50 goals in 116 appearances for Uruguay further emphasises his quality.
The forward’s proven quality, stature and leadership are all said to appeal to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he seeks additions for his developing side, though the club have reservations over the investment required to sign a player coming towards the end of his career.
248 – Since Edinson Cavani made his Palermo debut in March 2007, only Lionel Messi (420) and Cristiano Ronaldo (398) have scored more goals in Europe's top five leagues than the Uruguayan (248). Matador. pic.twitter.com/EJjH2eVKjM
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Cavani, who turns 33 next month, has made just nine Ligue 1 appearances for PSG this season due to a loss of form and succession of injuries, whilst his £360,000-a-week wages are believed to be a huge stumbling block in securing his exit this month.
United are still haunted by their record outlay on Sanchez, the club giving the Chilean a contract worth around £500,000-a-week, seeing a return of just three league goals in 18 months for their significant investment.
The club’s hierarchy are still paying a large portion of the 31-year-old’s pay-packet, despite Sanchez having been shipped out on loan to Inter Milan following a dismal spell at Old Trafford, and the board are taking a cautious approach ahead of a move for another player perhaps past the peak of his powers.
Chelsea are believed to have approached Thomas Tuchel’s side about a loan deal for the player until the end of the season, though with Cavani out-of-contract in the summer PSG are so far unwilling to sanction a temporary move.
The Blues are reluctant to meet the Parisian side’s £12.6m asking price for a permanent deal, whilst Atletico are also yet to table a suitable bid, despite Cavani’s father having admitted the Spanish capital is the player’s preferred destination earlier this week.
Elsewhere, Manchester United have rather surprisingly been linked with having an interest in former Watford striker Odion Ighalo, Leicester flop Islam Slimani, and 35-year-old former employee, Carlos Tevez.