Earlier this year, talk of Manchester United signing Edinson Cavani was rife. Talks between the club and his representatives were confirmed and Andy Mitten reported he had an offer on the table from United.
Given that Cavani cost €60m last summer, his fee would have smashed United’s transfer record had he joined and from a fan perspective, it was baffling to hear how keen United, or specifically Ed Woodward, was to sign the Uruguayan given the plethora of attacking options we already have.
Today, Cavani has insisted he is staying at PSG after getting reassurances about his future role at the club. The Telegraph has labelled it as a ‘blow’ for United, whereas it’s the best news we’ve had in the transfer market since the signing of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw.
United have absolutely no need for a striker at the moment with Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez in the squad. Even if the Mexican leaves, we’ve got the likes of Will Keane, James Wilson and Angelo Henriquez who would chomp at the bit to join United’s first team squad.
Some will argue that United didn’t ‘need’ a striker when Van Persie was signed in 2012 but he arrived the season after we lost the title on goal difference. There was a clear cut purpose behind his signing that ultimately paid off and won us the Premier League title the following year.
It almost feels like Woodward has an infatuation with the thought of making a marquee signing, just like he did with Juan Mata back in January, but Cavani couldn’t be further removed from what United’s current requirements are. If it is marquee that Woodward wants, he could do no better than Arturo Vidal who would arrive as one of the best midfielders in the world.
Louis van Gaal has complained that the United squad is unbalanced, so he’d surely have been vehemently against the idea of bringing in another big name striker when one of his biggest challenges in the current squad is fitting those who already at the club into the same team.
Woodward needs to concentrate on the problems at hand with the squad as with four weeks left, there are still some major signings that need to be completed if Van Gaal is to have the balanced squad he wants.