Despite the sacking of David Moyes, Manchester United are reportedly continuing to push on with their attempts to drastically strengthen their squad this summer. Moyes’ late appointment at the expiration of his Everton contract last July contributed to what was a humiliating and wasted transfer window.
While the clubs owners, the Glazers, are flying into Manchester at the end of this week to discuss the replacement for Moyes, who was dispensed with on Tuesday following a woeful campaign, it could yet be some time before a new man is in place. Favorite for the job Louis van Gaal will lead the Netherlands at this summer’s World Cup and thus will not be available until possibly the middle of July. Other potential candidates, such as Carlo Ancelotti or Jurgen Klopp, are currently employed elsewhere and would not be able to take the reins for at least another month.
In the absence of a manager, United will investigate whether Edinson Cavani can be prized away from Paris Saint-Germain, according to The Guardian. Cavani only moved to the French champions from Napoli for a massive £57 million last summer. The presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has meant the Uruguay international spending much of the season playing from the right flank. Although he has found the net an impressive 24 times in his first campaign with the club, the goals have dried up of late. Cavani has scored just three times in his last 10 appearances and missed what turned out to be crucial chances in both legs of PSG’s Champions League quarterfinal defeat to Chelsea.
None of that will reportedly deter United from being willing to pay a massive £60 million to bring the 27-year-old to Old Trafford. Cavani recently revealed that he wasn’t thrilled at having to play out wide and the Daily Mail has now claimed that the player’s brother has selected a new agent to help negotiate potential transfers.
Before Moyes’ departure, there was much speculation that Manchester United had moved to the front of the queue to sign Southampton’s highly rated left-back Luke Shaw. It had previously been thought that Shaw, a Chelsea supporter, would be heading to Stamford Bridge, but the chance to go straight into the United team as a replacement for Luke Shaw is thought to have swayed the 18-year-old toward a move to Old Trafford.
The Guardian reports that United are confident that a £30 million deal for the England international, who would earn £100,000 a week, is close to being done.
United could also rekindle their interest in Cesc Fabregas, reports the British broadsheet. It is widely believed that United were led up the garden path by Fabregas and his representatives last summer, with the Premier League champions encouraged to make three offers for the former Arsenal midfielder, all the while only with the intention of strengthening his position at Barcelona. Yet United are said to believe that there was genuine interest from Fabregas in moving to Old Trafford and are hopeful that they could be successful this time around.
Fabregas has played a more integral role at the Camp Nou this season then either of his first two campaigns. Yet his selection in the side at the expense of a third forward in the big games of late and subsequent under performance in many of them has led to criticism. The Spain international was even jeered by his own supporters after coming off the bench against Athletic Bilbao at the weekend.
Any move would be complicated by the fact that Arsenal have a buy-back clause giving them first refusal should Barcelona ever make Fabregas available.