Manchester United Transfer News: Premier League Club in Position to Sign Stars

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIJanuary 19, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Manchester United Manager David Moyes looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 11, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Manchester United currently sit at No. 7 on the Premier League table, but they are in position to rise the ranks quickly if they are able to lure in top stars like the latest transfer news suggests.   

Paul Hetherington of Daily Star is reporting that United boss David Moyes has been given a £150 million transfer budget that will allow the team to pursue some of the top stars of the sport. With multiple players seeking to join the Premier League, Moyes is in a good position to acquire some top talent.

Moyes himself confirmed that he is ready to spend the money necessary to improve his team:

The amount of big players wanting to join Manchester United is incredible.

Maybe players want to go to other clubs for the money but if you ask them where they really want to be, what club they really want to wear the badge of, they want to wear the badge of Manchester United.

It’s because of the club and what it stands for in world terms.

Even with their No. 7 ranking on the table, Man United are in good position to move up a few spots during this season with a few transfers. Smart transfer decisions would also help to mitigate the loss of Wayne Rooney—who has one year remaining on his contract—should he decide to part ways with the club.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani is, according to Hetherington, high on Moyes' wish list. Given the fact that Cavani is seeking a move to the Premier League, per Hetherington, this could be the perfect match.

Hetherington writes:

But while he [Cavani] is happy in Paris and with the club, he is not impressed with the French League and wants to be a star in the Premier League – like his Uruguay team-mate at Liverpool, Luis Suarez.

Cavani has scored 12 goals in 14 appearances since joining Paris Saint-Germain on a £55 million contract. While there would likely be a bit of adjustment period after moving over to the Premier League, Cavani is certainly talented enough to adjust quickly.  

Bringing aboard a player of Cavani's caliber during the transfer window would bring huge gains for Man United. They are within six points of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton—Nos. 4, 5 and 6 on the table—and a strong addition could give them an edge over those clubs.