Manchester United have turned their attention to Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and are preparing a £50m bid for the striker in the summer instead of considering a permanent bid for the injury plagued Radamel Falcao, according to the Daily Express.
The Red Devils have taken Falcao on a season long loan but problems with his knee have kept him out for a major part of the season, fuelling concerns over his long term future should United consider a move for the forward. Louis van Gaal is therefore looking at other options to fall back on and Cavani, who has taken the season by storm in Ligue One, is a viable option for a move should Falcao fail to quell his injury worries.
Cavani's arrival can also spell the end for Robin van Persie, who has been linked with a move to Inter Milan, with Roberto Mancini ready to make a sizeable offer to bring the striker to Italy. Mancini had tried during his time at Manchester City to sign the striker from Arsenal, but the desire to work with Sir Alex Ferguson proved too much for the Dutchman, who travelled to Old Trafford and helped secure their 20th league title.
The 30-year-old has been a shadow of his prolific self after the Scotman's departure and has failed to set the high standards which we expect from the Dutch star. However, Van Gaal is confident that Van Persie will find his feet after the Red Devils secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Hull City at Old Trafford, with the former Feyenoord man making it into the scoresheet.
" Every striker needs a goal when you haven't score for two or three matches. So I am very pleased and happy with him for his goal, but he can still play better,"Van Gaal said.
"In the beginning of the game, he played No 10 and not No 9. When I was forced to put him in a striker's position because of the injury to Angel di Maria, he played better.
"I am pleased he scored and had an influence of the game," he concluded.