Champions League chasers Manchester United and Chelsea considering bidding for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, after it was revealed he wants to play in the Premier League.
Italian publication Calciomercato has reported that Cavani, 32, would jump at the chance of playing in England. It is thought he is looking for a new challenge after PSG’s latest Champions League failure.
Manchester United have been interested in the Uruguayan for some time, but have never made a concrete bid for him.
Meanwhile Chelsea were reportedly in talks about bringing Cavani to Stamford Bridge a couple of years ago but a deal never materialised. However, they maintain an interest, especially given their problems up front this season.
Cavani’s striking record is impressive – he’s scored 133 goals in 181 appearances for PSG and 46 goals in 109 matches for Uruguay – so on the surface he could be the man to solve both clubs’ problems up front.
However, Chelsea still have the threat of a two-window transfer ban hanging over them, which would nix any interest. Meanwhile at 32, would Cavani fit into United’s transfer strategy, which is said to be focusing more on youth.
Other clubs would also be interested in Cavani, if he did decide to leave Paris. Former club Napoli are thought to be interested, although club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has recently said that the player would have to lower his wage demands if they were to do a deal.
European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are both set to try and tempt Paul Pogba away from Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
Speculation about the future of midfielder Pogba has intensified again in recent weeks again with reports of him not being happy under Reds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The France international had had very public fallings out with previous boss Jose Mourinho and had been expected to leave in the summer. But this had changed when Solskjaer arrived along with an upturn in form. However, as United and Pogba’s form has dipped, speculation has increased.
Spanish newspaper AS has gone so far as saying that Pogba has agreed terms with Madrid already.
Los Blancos manger Zinedine Zidane is known to be a fan of the 26-year-old and would be the sort of marquee signing he is looking for as he overhauls his squad this summer.
However, Pogba’s former club, Juventus, are also thought to be keen on re-signing him, according to The Observer. Indeed, they report Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has met with Juve officials.
It is thought United will demand £112 million for a player they signed for £89 million back in summer 2016. If Juventus are to fund that, they may have to sell players first.
Whether Pogba stays could largely depend on if Manchester United quality for next season’s Champions League. They currently sit 6th, 3 points behind Chelsea in 4th with 2 matches remaining.