Manchester United’s move for £54 million striker is unnecessary and misguided

by Sam Peoples

Rumours have gathered pace this week linking Paris St Germain’s Edinson Cavani with a move to Manchester United.

The Uruguayan is reportedly unhappy in Paris and could seek a move away after the World Cup this summer and will cost around £54 million to any potential suitor.

The Guardian and The Telegraph both credit Manchester United with an interest in Cavani but in a transfer window where we are going to be busy fixing holes in our squad, is spending £54 million on a striker where we need to invest?

Surely that money would be better spent chasing the likes of Lucas Moura or Blaise Matuidi from PSG? Sure, the Brazilian winger has had an average season but remember he was on the verge of joining United previously before PSG came over the top with their offer.

As for Matuidi, he may have signed a new contract with PSG but money talks and if we’ve got £54 million to throw at Cavani, we could more than afford the Frenchman.

United have a much greater need for a new winger and central midfielder than a striker this summer and although the same was said before we signed Robin van Persie, this year we really can’t afford to ignore the issues within the squad.

The only reason United would even contemplate spending so much on a big name striker would be if Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney were to leave the club. Javier Hernandez looks set to leave but United would be hard struck to keep Van Persie, Rooney, Cavani and Welbeck all happy in the squad with game time.

This is not for the summer for false dawns and lost causes. We need to make sure that any transfer target we are looking at is both attainable and practical. With that in mind, Cesc Fabregas anyone?

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