Manchester United are being linked recently with a move for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani which, from the outside looking in, actually seems like a rather odd move to me. What’s even more bizarre is that they are apparently seriously looking at the possibility of a player-plus-cash deal for the Napoli forward, who is valued at over £50 million for some strange reason.
If I appear a little overly critical of Cavani, it’s because I have had the pleasure of watching him quite a lot last season in Serie A and have seen him suffer the most almighty dip in form towards the back end of the season, when he managed to go 700 minutes without a single goal. The Uruguayan has also been exceptionally bereft of goals for the national side, being constantly outperformed by his prolific teammate Luis Suarez.
This serious dip in form is what made me sit up and take notice of the report in the Daily Mirror that David Moyes wants to shatter the British transfer record and try and buy Cavani. It seems rather strange that Moyes, who isn’t used to buying “super” players, would go and blow his entire transfer kitty on a player they don’t necessarily need.
What would appear rather more feasible, should Cavani actually be a real target, is a swap deal involving want-away forward Wayne Rooney. Rooney is known to be unhappy and he has demanded Moyes renege on Alex Ferguson‘s previous statement about him handing in a transfer request if he is to commit to the Premier League champions.
United are keen to move Rooney, and the deal for Cavani could hinge on whether or not Rooney plus £25 million is acceptable to Napoli. Rafa Benitez would be loathed to lose Cavani, but the promise of Rooney plus some more cash could persuade him to part with his striker.
Cavani to United still seems a little like fantasy journalism, but there may actually be a small glimmer of truth in the rumor and, should Rooney move on, United fans interest will certainly be piqued by the promise of another star forward moving to Old Trafford. However, I really can’t see Moyes spending what it would take to sign Cavani, regardless of whether they sell Rooney or not.