Manchester United have allegedly identified Paris Saint-Germain forward Mauro Icardi as a perfect replacement for soon-to-be free agent Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguay international’s contract at the Old Trafford outfit is due to expire at the end of June, and there is a growing expectation that the former PSG attacker will end his short-lived stint with United this summer.

As United seek to strengthen their attack, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already ruled out a swoop for Sergio Aguero, but big-money transfers for the likes of Harry Kane and Erling Braut Haaland have been mooted.

However, Gazzetta Dello Sport claims that Mauro would represent a cut-price alternative compared to the likes of Erling and Harry, both of whom would be unlikely to quit Borussia Dortmund or Tottenham Hotspur for less than £100 million this summer.

The report claims that the Parisians may be willing to let Icardi leave for €40 million (£34m) in the upcoming transfer window, although much could depend on whether the club can strike a permanent deal for Everton-owned player Moise Kean, who continues to battle the former Inter Milan skipper for the number nine spot at the Parc des Princes.

Icardi’s season has been hampered by injuries, but the Argentine nevertheless boasts a respectable tally of five goals and four assists from 15 Ligue 1 matches.