A 3-0 win away to West Brom saw Premier League champions Manchester United cut from 14/1 to 10/1 to retain their top-four status this term, but rumours regarding the future of substituted striker Robin van Persie threatened to ruin all the Red Devils good work over the weekend.
The list of clubs linked with the Dutchman – who now averages a goal every two games for his country and has scored 133 times in the Premier League – has swelled considerably of late, with Chelsea, Juventus and Monaco joining old side Arsenal as mooted destinations.
Van Persie fuelled speculation of a rift between himself and Red Devils boss David Moyes after the 2-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg loss at Olympiacos, when the 30-year-old told Dutch TV that other players were occupying the spaces he should have been operating In.
Although Van Persie later apologised to his teammates, a move away from Old Trafford this summer seems more and more plausible, especially as Moyes is thought to be lining up a club-record bid for PSG’s Uruguay international Edinson Cavani.
The 27-year-old signed for Les Parisiens for £55m last summer and has struck 14 goals in 17 Ligue 1 starts, despite playing second-fiddle to first-choice forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Parc des Princes.
Cavani is thought to be fed up of constantly being shunted out to the left-forward position to accommodate his better-known colleague, and rumours that the former Napoli man would be amenable to a move away after the World Cup have pricked the ears of the Premier League’s elite.
Chelsea have been mentioned as potential suitors, although Jose Mourinho’s recent off-the-record comments regarding Monaco’s Colombian hitman Falcao, together with the possibility of a Blues move for RVP, suggests the Portuguese may throw Moyes another Juan Mata-esque bone by sitting out the race for Cavani.
England fans will be well acquainted with the six footer – who scored a whopping 112 Serie A goals in 213 appearances for Palermo and Napoli – during the summer, as he looks set to feature prominently for a Uruguay outfit that’s priced up at 9/5 to top the Three Lions’ Group D.
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