Manchester United have been slashed from 40/1 to just 7/1 to sign Napoli forward Edinson Cavani after reports today suggested that the Red Devils have joined the battle with Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid to sign the £50 million-rated striker.
Cavani’s future has been the subject of much speculation this summer with the Uruguay forward, currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup, seemingly on his way from Napoli, where he has scored 104 goals in three seasons at the Italian club.
With a release fee believed to be in the region of £53 million, the Serie A club are powerless to stop Cavani leaving should another club meet the valuation and president Aurelio De Laurentis has admitted that there is every chance that the striker will be on his way this summer.
With conflicting messages coming from Cavani and his family – his father has said he wants to join Real Madrid, his mother said he expected talks with Chelsea – it has looked as though a three-way battle for his services will unfold.
But the news today that United are reportedly ready to launch a £50 million bid for the forward comes as a new twist to the story.
The Glazer family are ready to give David Moyes a significant transfer kitty as he attempts to continue the success enjoyed by Sir Alex Ferguson and the former Everton boss supposedly sees Cavani as a good foil for top scorer Robin van Persie.
The news has made bwin move United to just 7/1 to sign the striker – but they are far from favourites.
Chelsea are just 2/5 from 17/20 to be Cavani’s next club this summer, with Real Madrid priced up at 3/1, pushed out from 17/20. Manchester City are now as big as 10/1, from 3/1.
Cavani is 11/2 to stay with Napoli until January at the earliest, and he is 28/1 and bigger to sign for other clubs.