Should Manchester United’s rumoured interest in signing Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus be genuine then the latest developments in their respective situations will be very pleasing for those of a Red persuasion.
Old Trafford’s finest are 17/50 to down a Sunderland side hell-bent on Premier League survival on home turf next time out, nonetheless, with change in the spring air at the Theatre of Dreams, there will already be much thought being expended on their 13/2-rated 2014/15 title bid.
Acquiring the brilliant duo, who have a combined worth of around €100m, would offer a huge boost in the Red Devils’ bid to wrestle back the laurels from whoever ultimately claims them.
Reus has been inspirational this season at Westfalenstadion, ably assuming the creative mantle of departed wunderkind Mario Gotze with an incendiary 23 goals and 22 assists in all competitions.
Dortmund have been understandably keen to tie him down to a new contract, especially given his current arrangement contains a £28m release clause, and it has been suggested that a new deal has already been offered.
The player, however, remains coquettish, with the Daily Express quoting as responding as follows when quizzed on the prospect: “I’m not saying anything about my contract.”
Meanwhile in Paris, the press has been awash with talk of a fallout between Cavani and Les Parisens gaffer Laurent Blanc.
It seemingly boils down to a mysterious remark from Blanc about the forward’s off-the-pitch contribution, with the World Cup winner quoted as saying: “Cavani can be a leader on the field.
‘Off the field, I think it’s more complicated for him to be one.”
While the rumourmongers may be to blame for heaping significance on this latest storm in a teacup, the fact remains that the centre-forward has been played out of position for much of the season as second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Should he wish to leverage a move away from Parc des Princes in search of greater consideration of his preferred formation station, United will be among the forerunners for his signature.
That’s if the Metro is to be believed, with the free daily’s website suggesting the Uruguayan ‘is said to favour a move to Old Trafford as they have so far shown the most interest in his services’.