Manchester United are now the clear favourites to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani before the end of the January transfer window, according to bookmaker 10Bet. The odds for the 20-time English league champions signing the Uruguay international have shortened to 19/10 after reports regarding the club's pursuit of the player.
Italian publication Corriere Dello Sport believes United are among a throng of sides looking to sign the 28-year-old, who has scored 10 goals in 14 Ligue 1 starts for PSG this campaign. French website BuzzSport reported before the window opened that Laurent Blanc's side would consider offers approaching £47m ($66.59m).
Cavani is regarded as one of the best strikers in world football, however he has consistently failed to nail down a place at the centre of the PSG attack, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic often preferred to lead the French champions' forward line. United have suffered from a host of problems in attack this season, having netted just 28 goals in 22 Premier League matches.
Such problems have drawn criticism from a host of former United players, the most outspoken of which has been Paul Scholes. The ex-England midfielder has urged Louis van Gaal is sign an attacker to partner Anthony Martial, who has been relied on for goals since moving from Monaco in the summer.
"Attacking wise, they just don't look a threat, they don't look good enough, they don't look like they can score goals," the former United midfielder told BT Sport in November, according to Goal.com. "Martial, for me, he's still got a lot to prove goalscoring-wise.
"He isn't a centre-forward where he lives for goals, he likes to play outside of the box, he likes to drift to the left-wing, he doesn't look like he's bothered if he misses a chance, he doesn't look bothered if he scores a goal, where as a centre-forward, all you live for is scoring goals. He doesn't look that type of player to me, and maybe Manchester United need to go into the transfer market for one of them."