Man United are closely monitoring No.9 Ligue 1 centre-forward

Red Devils chiefs are cautious of signing Edinson Cavani due to a fear of repeating mistakes made with Alexis Sanchez. Uruguay international has handed in a transfer request at PSG and is pushing for a winter move, with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Man United all thought to be in the battle to sign him.

Red Devils signed another high-profile footballer two years ago in winter, with Sanchez arriving from Gunners and handed huge wages to a proven star. But things went south quickly with the Chilean forward, who is now on loan at Inter Milan until the end of the campaign.

And Man United’s board members are worried that signing Edinson could end similarly, according to the Telegraph. Alexis commanded an eye-watering £560,000-a-week including bonuses, but injuries and poor form saw him score only five goals in 45 games.

And Red Devils are still paying £175,000-a-week of his wages while he’s on loan in Serie A. The big concerns over Cavani are his age, injury record, his huge wage packet and the demands of PSG to sell him. Blues are similarly concerned by the price of the deal, but Lampard stays a big fan of the striker, who turns 33 next month.

Other striking options on Man United’s radar include AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek, Napoli’s Dries Mertens, Luka Jovic of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer and Lyon attacker Moussa Dembele. The Norwegian coach is also hopeful of completing a deal for Bruno Fernandes, despite reports claiming the transfer is dead.