Five world class players United can sign with £56m instead of Cavani

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s pursuit of Edinson Cavani has been well documented since January when Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly contaced Laurent Blanc to discuss Cavani’s availability.

Since then, rumours have snowballed and today, ESPN’s Julien Laurens has reported that we have been in contact with Cavani’s agent since January and have already discussed a potential move with his brother as well.

From a fans’ perspective, we’re all left scratching our head as to why United are clearly pursuing a £56 million man who, by all accounts, ticks absolutely no boxes for what we need this summer unless either Wayne Rooney or Robin van Persie leave.

Of course, Manchester United would have enough money to spend £56 million on Cavani and still have enough money left over to sort our other problems out, but we’ve never splashed the cash on that scale before.

With that in mind, here are five players that Manchester United would be far better off pursuing as much as possible this summer.

Arturo Vidal

Estimated cost: £56 million

With that sort of money, you can buy the world’s best players. Step forward Arturo Vidal.

The Juventus midfielder is by far and away the best player in his position in the world. A combative, dominant midfielder with just as much guile as guts, Vidal is the linchpin in a Juventus side that has dominated Serie A for three seasons.

He’s the most expensive player on this list and would more than likely command the full £56 million, if potentially a little more, but he’d be worth every last penny.

Paul Pogba

Estimated cost: £40 million

We’re speaking about players who Manchester United could afford with £56 million, not necessarily players who would jump at the opportunity to move to Old Trafford, which is why Pogba is on this list.

Since leaving United, everyone knows how well he has done but as was the case with his departure from United, his agent Raiola is hungry for more money.

If United offered him what he wanted, would he come back? Probably not, but stranger things have happened in football.

Cesc Fabregas

Estimated cost: £40 million

Just like he was last summer, Fabregas is a player who ticks all the right boxes for Manchester United but unlike last summer, he has had a season of uncertainty and frustration in Barcelona.

Fans have booed him on occasion, journalists have criticised his performances and all is not well in the Fabregas camp.

We tried to bargain with Barcelona last year for Fabregas and were left empty handed but with a pot of £56 million to play with, we could sign Fabregas and have enough change for another decent signing.

Toni Kroos

Estimated cost: £40 million

No player has been linked with a move to Manchester United more than Kroos this year and Bayern Munich are staunch in their response that he is going nowhere this summer.

However, the crux of the matter is simple – would Bayern turn down a £40 million offer for him and risk letting him leave on a free the following summer if they couldn’t agree contract terms? The possibility of him leaving certainly exists.

Luka Modric

Estimated cost: £35 million

A player who many wanted Manchester United to sign before he joined Real Madrid, Modric still oozes class when you watch him play.

The pain of watching him change the game at Old Trafford last year in the Champions League still resonates and he has become an important player at Madrid.

However, given that they have an embarrassment of riches in the midfield department, who is to say a big bid from Manchester United wouldn’t at the very least get their attention?

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