Robert Lewandowski or Edinson Cavani? Is the interest there?

It seems Manchester United and Ed Woodward are an unstoppable transfer freight train. Meme after meme are being shared around the Internet of Woodward demanding any player take a medical, and it seems they aren’t too far short of the mark. And according to Mark Ogden in the Telegraph the spending may well continue to expand beyond all fathomable reason with interest in the pair Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski.

With £77 million parting ways so far in this window, and £150 million last summer, it is believed Louis van Gaal is looking to take his net spend to close to the £300 million mark (in total). And with a striker much-needed following recent departures, it is believed the Dutchman is targeting one of the aforementioned duo. But which one should Van Gaal et al plum for?

Personal preference lies with Robert Lewandowski. A player United have reported flirted with in transfer windows gone by and one that I have long admired. Proven in a league not too dissimilar to the Premier League, and always prolific, Lewandowski almost guarantees goals. What may hinder the move is the fact that Bastian Schweinsteiger joined from Bayern this weekend, and the likelihood of the German champions allowing two of their top players to leave to a European rival is hardly in favour of United.

Cavani on the other hand is someone I have never rated. Never tested at a level higher than the Serie A, hardly the strongest standard of league football, the jump to a far more physical league could prove too much – not to say Cavani is a shrinking violet mind. Power is something of a trademark for the Uruguayan, and though the standard he has played at may not be the greatest, Cavani has always found the net – he has not failed to score less than 25 goals in a season for the last eight years, dating back to 2007 at Palermo. Which is certainly numbers to make you sit up and take notice.

It is, however, believed to be Lewandowski who is the number one target on Louis van Gaals list. It is also believed that any potential deal hinges upon a swap with Angel Di Maria. It puts United in a quandary, a striker is now much-needed, but to relieve Di Maria of his services after just a year is almost an admittance of defeat. Though necessity may need to take priority over pride.

From a fiscal perspective Lewandowski may well be the cheaper alternative also. Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be stern in their valuations, and their current idea of the worth of Edinson Cavani is €50 million. Lewandowski may well come in cheaper than that. And then there is wages, Cavani would no doubt demand astronomical wages based on his reputation, Lewandowski again may come in cheaper, though there is nothing concrete I’m basing this on.

For me, it has to be Lewandowski if given a choice of the two. Cavani does not strike me as an out-and-out striker, he may be better placed in the Wayne Rooney band of strikers versatile. Lewandowski could be placed in the Ruud van Nistelrooy camp, much more disciplined and a demon in and around the box. Of course, nothing could materialise from either rumour, but certainly something is now needed in that area as options are thin on the ground. Surely Woodward could not pull off another world-class signing? Could he?


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