Transfer Gossip: Cavani to replace van Persie at Manchester United

31 year old striker Robin van Persie has finalized his transfer to Fenerbahce after the three years he spent at Old Trafford. He left the Manchester club with no hard feelings – he even had a special day with his teammates and staff before leaving this Tuesday, he told the press. According to, his replacement might already be on the Red Devils’ radar: rumors say that it might be Uruguay player Edinson Cavani, currently playing at Paris Saint Germain. An interesting piece of news, considering that Manchester United only has about three weeks until the kickoff of their first Premier League fixture of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has previously said that his club won’t buy another striker “just for the sake of it”, but he will make a transfer if the opportunity arises. He considers himself a manager who prefers to develop players instead of buying, but he didn’t exclude the possibility of paying up if the “merchandise” offered is valuable enough. And, according to transfer guru Warren Haughton, the transfer of Cavani might become part of a more complex deal, with Angel di Maria leaving Old Trafford for Paris Saint Germain, and Cavani transferring to the Red Devils. Other sources speak of a straight cash offer around £50 million for the player. It remains to be seen if Cavani will be worth a jackpot at

Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez is said to be a “quick, strong, opportunistic, and prolific forward” with a good technique, often described as a “modern striker”. He has scored some very impressive goals both with his feet and in the air, and he is capable of playing in several offensive positions, not only as a center-forward.

Cavani has made an impression during the 2007 the South American Youth Championship, which prompted several clubs – including Juventus and Milan – to be interested in him. He finally signed with Palermo, where he played until 2010, appearing in 109 matches and scoring 34 times. In 2010 he left for Napoli, where his goal count has grown significantly, finally signing a five year contract with Paris Saint-Germain. He started his career at the team on the right foot, so to say, with a goal scored in his first appearance in the team’s Champions League season opener. Until now he has appeared over 380 times on the field, and has a goal total of 210. He would certainly make a good addition to the Old Trafford team, helping it find its way toward another Premier League title. But this remains to be seen very soon.