Old Trafford boss keen on Argentine.
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Manchester United are considering a move for Ezquiel Lavezzi, according to reports in the Naples press.
The Journal of Naples newspaper claims United are ready to rival Manchester City and Chelsea in the race for the Argentina forward.
Lavezzi is believed to be unsettled at the Serie A side, particularly after their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Lavezzi does have a £25m buy-out clause in his contract but United are expected to splash the cash this summer as they attempt to halt Manchester City’s attempts at Premier League domination.
Though Ezquiel Lavezzi doesn’t get as much press as team-mate Edinson Cavani he is arguably as important a player as the Uruguayan in Walter Mazzarri’s attacking formation. The 27 year old is in his fifth season as Napoli but may well be tempted by a move away from the San Paolo after his side failed to secure a Champions League spot for next term.
The former San Lorenzo man may be seen by Sir Alex Ferguson as an attacking alternative now that Michael Owen has left and Dimitar Berbatov is likely to follow him to the Old Trafford exit. There may be a very real need to bring in further forward as Javier Hernandez has suffered a real drop in form and Lavezzi has the physical presence to make an impact in the English top tier.
Over the past two campaigns the Argentine international has hit a consistent run of form, notching up 20 goals and 26 assists in the process and forming a top partnership with Cavani with Marek Hamsik sitting in the hole behind the front pair.
Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt be keen to improve his squad following a season where he saw his side lose their Premier League crown to local rivals Man City and an early exit from the Champions League.