The competition to sign Napoli star Edinson Cavani became even fiercer yesterday as it emerged that David Moyes is keen to bring the striker to Manchester United.
The Daily Mirror report that the new United boss has been given the green light to make a £50m bid as the Glazers are keen to back him to the hilt.
It had been thought that Cavani was to be the subject of a three way tug of war between Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea. Napoli will now hope that United’s interest will increase the chance of a bidding war developing so they can bring in maximum profit from the Uruguayan’s sale.
Dream pairing of Cavani and Van Persie
The Mirror say that Moyes is keen to play with two strikers. The thought of Cavani lining up alongside Robin van Persie would send chills down the spines of Premier League defenders.
Cavani has a £54m release clause in his contract but it has so far not been triggered by any of the superclubs. However, he looks certain to leave as his goalscoring record of 104 goals in three seasons at Napoli suggest that, like Van Persie last summer, whoever signs him will win the league.
Napoli need time to find a replacement
Napoli might accept a slightly lower price to speed along the deal in order to give them time to spend the money on replacements. Boss Rafa Benitez may try to bring in Luis Suraez to lead the line.
Recently it has been reported that Chelsea might offer Fernando Torres and City might offer Edin Dzeko as part of a deal for Cavani. However, nothing along these lines has materialised as yet and now it seems that United could fund a bid by offloading unsettled striker Wayne Rooney.
Rooney could head to Barca
The Sun report that Barcelona are interested in joining the race for the England striker’s signature. He would fit well into Barca’s system and they would be willing to pay £25m to bring him in as a replacement to the outgoing David Villa.
Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be interested in signing Rooney but United would prefer to sell him to a club outside the Premier League.