Manchester United have reportedly recognized Paris Saint-Germain forward Mauro Icardi as an ideal replacement for soon-to-be free agent Edinson Cavani.
Cavani’s agreement at Old Trafford is expected to lapse toward the end of June, and there is a developing assumption that the former PSG striker will end his fleeting stretch with the Red Devils this mid year.
As United try to support their attack, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has effectively precluded a move for Sergio Aguero, but huge cash moves for any semblance of Erling Braut Haaland and Harry Kane have been mooted.
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However, Gazzetta Dello Sport claims that Icardi would represent a cut-price alternative compared to the likes of Haaland and Kane, both of whom would be unlikely to leave Borussia Dortmund or Tottenham Hotspur for less than £100m this summer.
The report claims that PSG may be willing to let Icardi leave for €40m (£34m) in the upcoming transfer window, although much could depend on whether they can strike a permanent deal for Everton loanee Moise Kean, who continues to battle Icardi for the number nine spot at the Parc des Princes.
The 28-year-old’s campaign has been hampered by injuries, but he nevertheless boasts a respectable tally of five goals and four assists from 15 Ligue 1 appearances.