Man Utd: Forlan names who Cavani would thrive alongside
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Manchester United star Edinson Cavani is open to leaving the club in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, reports say. The Uruguay international joined on a free transfer from PSG last year. But a parting of the ways may now be on the cards, with Barcelona showing interest.
Manchester United signed Cavani 12 months ago after missing out on Jadon Sancho.
But they then saw the Uruguay international shine, with the 34-year-old netting 17 times across all competitions.
Now, however, Cavani will struggle to get into this United team.
The return of Ronaldo to Old Trafford means the former Juventus star is expected to play in the No 9 role, while Mason Greenwood’s fine early form has also given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plenty to ponder.
It emerged earlier this morning that Barcelona had been offered the veteran, though it’s unclear whether this is by the club or by his representatives.
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And Mundo Deportivo state Cavani ‘would value’ any potential move away from the club.
The publication acknowledges that any deal for the former PSG star will be difficult, especially with time running out.
But with Barcelona needing to replace Lionel Messi with a high-profile signing, Cavani could fit the bill.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would prefer to keep the Uruguayan, believing he gives the club huge squad depth.
But with the player now likely to be behind Ronaldo in the pecking order, a possible departure may be on the cards.
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Cavani previously signed a new contract in May, and explained his decision by saying: “To answer that question sincerely, about what the reasons were behind it and what is my motivation to stay, quite simply I would say it is exactly what this club represents, what Manchester United represents as an entity, as an organisation.
“That is down to the club itself, but also the people who work behind the scenes and within the club, obviously the supporters as well.
“As the days, weeks and months pass by, you do get to develop a huge affection for the club and I think, on a human level, it creates a bond with yourself, your team-mates and everybody who is part of the club, and you start to feel that.
“You notice that it is a real motivation and it gives you a desire to want to stay.
“I am very excited and keen to stay for another season, to give it my best, to help the club on the field as I can and hopefully bring some happiness and joy to the supporters.”
Meanwhile, United confirmed Ronaldo’s return today.
And the Portugal international has admitted he’s excited to play in front of a packed out Old Trafford again.
“Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday,” he said.
“I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again.
“I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”
Ronaldo scored 118 goals during his first spell at the club, firing the club to three Premier League titles along the way.
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