Manchester United will have to pay €20m (£17m) if they want to snap up Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani this month, according to ESPN UK.
Sources have told the website that Atletico Madrid are the frontrunners for the 32-year-old, despite reports that Chelsea and the Red Devils are also keen on the forward.
Atletico have failed to match PSG’s asking price so far, though, having had a €10m offer rejected, and although United fans believe it would be a good idea for the club to hijack the transfer, they don’t think it will happen:
Need him, want him, wont get him. Ed woodward masterclass
— Peter J (@PatchyPeter97) 21 January 2020
And we’ll offer £1m + 19m add ons 🤦♂️
— GrevMUFC (@IsaacMUFCNZ) 21 January 2020
Imagine thinking we’ll be intelligent and get him
— Liam (@Utd_Liam_) 21 January 2020
Woodward: 2 mil with 15 mil add ons(win champions league included in and golden boot)
— Lee🔰 (@TruthHurts_LUHG) 21 January 2020
€20 million too much for United
— Opinions 🅙 (@HiJustMyOpinion) 21 January 2020
Such an obvious signing man, watch Ed not even attempt to sign him
— ✖️ (@utdmattt) 21 January 2020
Pretty sure he doesn't even know that there's a player named cavani #SackWoodward
— name cannot be blank (@nawin100) 21 January 2020
woodward will offer a packet of monster munch
— elias (@FtblElias) 21 January 2020
I wont be surprised if Jose signs him before we do.
— John Obomanu (@iamdrealjayjay) 21 January 2020
So we will offer £10 a bottle of Casillero del Diablo and a pack of pork scratchings
— Daniel Hewitt (@DanHewitt2011) 21 January 2020
Just pay it for god sake! What has happened with all the Lukaku money and the replacement Ole was promised?!
— Tom (@tommymufc20x) 21 January 2020
The Manchester club do need to replace Marcus Rashford with the 22-year-old expected to miss most of the rest of the season with a back injury.
However, the Red Devils are said to be only looking for a loan move. With his contract expiring in the summer, Cavani would only be available on a permanent deal, which may put the club off from making an offer.