Old Trafford boss keen on Napoli striker.
Italian sources have stated that Sir Alex Ferguson has joined Man City and Real Madrid in the chase for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan international netted 33 times in all competitions last term and helped his Serie A side to Champions League qualification but has nonetheless been strongly linked with a move away from the Stadio San Paolo this summer.
Man United’s chief talent spotter Martin Ferguson has reportedly scouted the 24 year old on a number of occasions and now the Old Trafford side are ready to enter the race to sign a player who is now considered one of the most in form strikers in Europe.
Talk of a possible move to PSG for Dimitar Berbatov may well have led to the interest in Cavani as Ferguson will not want to sell the Bulgarian without having a useful replacement lined up. The 30 year old former Tottenham man is said to have been angered by the amount of time he was left languishing on the bench towards the end of last season.
Berbatov finished the season as the Premier League’s joint top scorer but found himself sat on the bench once Ferguson decided that Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney were his preferred strike pairing.
Veteran Michael Owen was offered a new one year extension to his contract but will almost certainly only be used when injuries require him to be used and clearly the 31 year old former England international has injury issues of his own so the addition of a new striking option appears a wise move.
Manchester City will rival United for Cavani and would clearly have the funds to beat their local rivals in a bidding war but the former Palermo striker may prefer a move to the Premier League champions even if it would mean having to fight for a regular spot in the starting eleven.
The powerfully built striker is valued at around £25m and could be well suited to the Premier League given his robust physical presence.