Sunday 25 February 2018

Edinson Cavani to replace Robin van Persie at Manchester United - report

Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie

Manchester United will sell Robin van Persie this summer and replace him with PSG striker Edinson Cavani.

According to reports, Louis van Gaal does not view the Dutch forward in his long-term plans and is ready to sell him to the highest bidder.

Alex Ferguson brought Van Persie to Old Trafford from Arsenal in a £24m deal three years ago and he was an instant hit, scoring 30 goals in his debut season as United reclaimed the Premier League title.

However, since Ferguson's departure and following a number of niggly injuries, Van Persie has struggled for form.

The last six weeks have seen him sidelined with damaged ankle ligaments and he has only scored 10 times this season under his fellow Dutchman.

With a season still to run on his current £200,000-a-week deal, United do not want the 31-year-old to run down the clock on his deal and are willing to listen to offers this summer.

Cavani is one of Van Gaal's top targets this summer, and the money used from any Van Persie move could be used as part of that deal.

Meanwhile, Spanish football expert Graham Hunter believes United will try and sign Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi this summer.

He told Sky Sports News: "Manchester United's interest in acquiring Otamendi is well established. Therefore, I would expect them to try to buy him in the summer. If they come in with £50 million then Valencia have a decision to make.

"It is better football sense for Valencia's level to use the good players they have got to earn Champions League revenue. Of course if they don't get to the Champions League, then you could say everybody is for sale. If Valencia finish fifth, then their financial situation is such that big clubs will be able to pick off their best players."

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