Man Utd’s £60m transfer plan involves Cavani playing new role for the club
Edinson Cavani could have a significant say as Manchester United look to replace midfielder Paul Pogba and solve their dilemma in the middle of the park once and for all
Manchester United are ‘ready’ to make a £60million bid for Real Madrid star Federico Valverde, according to reports in Spain
The Red Devils’ issues in the middle of the park this season have been well-documented after a horror run of form that has dropped them out of the Premier League top four.
United failed to strengthen that area in the summer as they were linked with Edouardo Camavinga and Declan Rice – and it’s a decision that has backfired.
Fred and Scott McTominay were seen as United’s best fit in midfield last term, but their partnership has failed to hit those heights this year.
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Paul Pogba’s form has also taken a drastic dip after a bright start to the campaign and is currently on the sidelines recovering from injury.
And with the Frenchman looking increasingly likely to leave as a free agent next summer, as talks over a new contract stall, United are in desperate need of a new midfielder.
Camavinga fell out of United’s grasp in the summer as joined Madrid instead and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s men are looking at one of his teammates to fill the void.
Man United are reportedly prepared to table a £60m offer for Valverde, according to El Nacional.
The 23-year-old has had to bide his time with the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Casemiro ahead of him in previous years, but the 23-year-old is now starting to establish himself as a senior member of Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Valverde is a key player for Uruguay too and shares a dressing room with Man United striker Edinson Cavani who could play a key role in helping a deal materialise.
It is also reported that Valverde could be Pogba’s replacement with the French midfielder potentially going in the other direction as a part of a swap deal.
Pogba’s future at Old Trafford remains up in the air as an extension has yet to be agreed.
He is free to speak to clubs in January with his current deal set to run out at the end of the season, leaving United in an awkward position – sell him in the upcoming window or let him leave for nothing in the summer.
Solskjaer has not given much away in regards to Pogba’s situation but defended his player after the midfielder slammed a report that he snubbed his manager following the 5-0 defeat against Liverpool.
The Old Trafford boss said: “I think it affects everyone around. I spoke about it last week. Hands up, the performance wasn’t good enough, so you expect to hear [about it], but we don’t expect and can’t accept when lies are being made up. Paul came up to me angry.
“We’re better than that as a group, the culture, the environment. When it’s blatant lies, they’ve got to stand up and say so. All opinions and reports are fine but don’t make lies about players or me.”