Wednesday Kickoff: Man United signal interest in Cavani; Vidal signs new Juve deal; and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Man United signal interest in Cavani; Vidal signs new Juve deal; and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Man United signal interest in Cavani; Vidal signs new Juve deal; and more

Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain

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By DAN KARELL

Manchester United are looking into spending some major money this summer.

With reports of more than €120 million available at David Moyes’ disposal to overhaul the squad during the offseason, Man United have reportedly begun to look intently into some targets, including Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, according to Goal USA. Cavani moved to PSG from Napoli last summer for €64 million but the report states that he’s not as happy as he would have hoped in Paris.

Moyes has reportedly identified the forward, center midfield, centerback, and left back positions as places of need. Moyes already spent €45 million last month to sign Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata.

This season, the Uruguayan international Cavani has 13 Ligue 1 goals in 17 starts (21 games in total), with another seven goals in all competitions.

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VIDAL: NO INTENTION OF LEAVING JUVENTUS

Juventus may not be the richest club in the world but they’ve done enough to keep one of their stars happy in Turin.

Even though Juventus offered Arturo Vidal a new contract in early December, the club have come back to the Chilean international and his representatives with another improved contract, worth £200,000 per week according to the Daily Mail. The report states that Vidal has accepted the new contract, which will tie him to Juventus through 2018.

The 26-year-old Vidal has been on the radar of a number of clubs including Manchester United, but this news all but rules out him moving away from Turin. Vidal has a career-high 11 Serie A goals already this season in 21 games, with another five goals in UEFA Champions League play.

BRAZILIAN CLUBS OPEN COPA LIBERTADORES GROUP STAGE ON HIGH NOTE

Atletico Mineiro’s defense of the Copa Libertadores got off to a dramatic start on Tuesday evening.

Deadlocked at 0-0 against Zamora FC in Venezuela, former Manchester City and Everton forward Jo rose highest on a corner kick from Ronaldinho and scored in the 88th minute to give his side the road victory. Mineiro’s wasn’t the only positive result out of Brazil on Tuesday as Clarence Seedorf’s former club Botafogo defeated Argentine side San Lorenzo, 2-0.

Elsewhere in Copa Libertadores action, Colombia’s Santa Fe routed Nacional of Paraguay, 3-1, Velez Sarsfield of Argentina defeated Peruvian champions Universitario, 1-0, and Oribe Peralta found the back of the net for Santos Laguna for the first time in 2014 in a 1-0 victory against Argentina’s Arsenal de Sarandi.

FALCAO MOVES TO SECOND PHASE OF RECOVERY

Radamel Falcao’s bid to become fit for the World Cup is continuing on schedule.

The Colombia National Team and AS Monaco forward completed the first stage of his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Portugal on Wednesday and will move to Madrid to begin the next phase. Falcao suffered the injury on Jan. 22 and underwent surgery in Porto just a few days later.

In a release from Monaco, the Ligue 1 club said that Falcao will continue his rehab at a sports clinic in the Spanish capital in “close collaboration” with Monaco’s doctors. Dr. Jose Carlos Noronha, who operated on Falcao, gave the 28-year-old a 50 percent chance of recovering in time for the World Cup.

QUICK KICKS

German insurance company Allianz bought an 8.3% stake in Bayern Munich for €110 million ($150 million), helping Bayern repay their stadium debt and allowing the club to open a new youth and reserve team facility. (REPORT)

Manchester United posted an 11.6 percent rise in revenues, despite the poor results on the field. (REPORT)

Tottenham’s record signing Erik Lamela has been ruled out for a further six weeks with a back injury. (REPORT)

Qatar and the 2022 World Cup local organizing committee have pledged to improve workers rights in the Gulf nation. (REPORT)

Lucas Leiva’s return from injury for Liverpool is progressing ahead of schedule. (REPORT)

Arsenal are keeping an eye on £8 million rated 19-year-old Wolfsburg midfielder Max Arnold. (REPORT)

Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense announced on Tuesday that they have signed former Brazil National Team forward Adriano to a contract, despite the striker not having played a game since March 2012. (REPORT)

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What do you think of this report? Do you see Man United bidding for Cavani? Impressed with Vidal’s new contract numbers? Glad for Peralta to finally score?

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