Manchester United have received a major boost in their race to sign Paris Saint Germain forward Edinson Cavani after Luis Cavani, father of Edinson Cavani, revealed that Manchester United is the club he would wish to see his son move to because he believes Cavani is “suffering” in the French capital due to regularly being deployed on the wing.
“Zlatan is not willing to play on the wings,” he said.
“So they gave up on Edinson. PSG themselves. It will be difficult for Edinson in the Champions League this season.
“Edinson is suffering at PSG. If they let him play as the number nine he will be happy. I would like to see him play for Real Madrid, Manchester United or Juventus.”
Cavani is reportedly unhappy being a second string to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, forcing him to play out wide rather than his preferred central roles. Back in January, rumors of Cavani leaving the PSG had intensified as it was reported that PSG manager Laurent Blanc could show him the exit after he was unwilling to make him the first-choice striker.
“There is a problem with Cavani’s behaviour but my job is to think of the entire squad as a collective,’ said Blanc.
“We did hold a staff meeting and among the various issues we discussed were Cavani and his complaints. The desires of the individual can’t affect the rest of the team. I believe that he can score here but I understand if he wants to consider other career opportunities.”
The 29-year-old forward has played out wide in 23 of his 35 appearances this season, and playing as a central strikers in only 12 appearances. He has managed to score 15 goals in all competitions including his winning goal against Chelsea on Tuesday’s Champion’s League fixture.
Blanc heaped praise on Cavani after netting the winning goal.
“Whoever got the second goal I would have been happy and I am happy for Edi. He’s a boy who scores goals — we doubt his goal-scoring talents often and then he pops up and shows he can put the ball in the net at any time,” said Blanc.
“He has gone through a very difficult time but I hope the fact he got the goal will be good for him and the team.”
Cavani, who was signed for a French record transfer fee of £50 million from Napoli, replaced Lucas in the 74th minute of Tuesday’s game at the Parc des Princes and four minutes later beat Chelsea goalkeeper with a lovely run and finish from an Angel di Maria assist to ensure his side lead to London for the second leg next month.
Cavani has been regarded as one of the most prolific striker in European football with a 212 goals in 386 appearance for Palermo, Napoli and Paris Saint Germain.
The 29-year-old’s father has conceded the speculation that have heavily linked hos son with a move to Old Trafford are yet to materialise.
“We heard that other teams are interested in him. Manchester United are always linked during the transfer window, Luis Cavani explained.
“There is always talk of Real Madrid or Manchester United wanting him, but in the end nothing materialises.”