Man Utd striker ‘offered to Barca’ amid Ronaldo uncertainty

Date published: Tuesday 31st August 2021 9:39 - James Holland

Edinson Cavani Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo’s imminent return to Manchester United could see Edinson Cavani leave for Barcelona, according to reports.

Cavani joined the Red Devils on a free transfer in October last year after opting to leave Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite suffering one or two injury problems, he proved to be a great impact at Old Trafford throughout the campaign.


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Cavani bagged 17 goals in all competitions, including ten in the Premier League and six on United’s route to the Europa League final.

However, the club have now agreed to sign Ronaldo and he will almost certainly start up front.

That means Cavani’s place in the team is under threat, and we have it here that one European giant is interested in signing him.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), the Uruguay international has been offered to Barcelona.

The Blaugrana are in the market for a new number nine, despite signing Sergio Aguero from Manchester City.

Aguero will be out until at least October after picking up a calf injury in training.

The report states that Cavani would be open to leaving Old Trafford so he can become a first-team regular elsewhere.

The transfer would be ‘difficult’ due to Barcelona’s financial situation, which essentially makes them reliant on free signings.

Cavani is contracted with United until next June, and we reckon it’s unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is about to let him leave for nothing.

One player who is more likely to depart is Welsh international Dan James. The pacy 23-year-old is the subject of talks between United and Leeds, who are reportedly close to agreeing a £30m deal.

James almost joined the Whites back in 2019, before the Red Devils swooped in to steal his signature.

He has since fallen down the pecking order due to Jadon Sancho’s arrival from Borussia Dortmund.

Manager-turned-pundit Tim Sherwood has already backed James to leave, alongside two team-mates.

The former Spurs boss said: “I think a few players will need to go. They need to hand in a 25-man squad, there’s a few there who are not getting in the squad.

“Jesse Lingard misses out, I think he needs to go and play for West Ham. He had a great time there last year, he looked like he wanted to go and play football and he was outstanding. I think it’s his time to leave the club.

“I think Daniel James might leave as well. Leeds are chasing him and he played well against them in the first game of the season. It was a great rehearsal for him. He’s got outstanding pace and directness. I think he’ll be another one [who leaves].

“For me, Anthony Martial will be moved on. If they’ve got a home for Martial and they can get the right money, I think they will shake hands and say it never worked out.”

 

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