Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is said to be keen to secure a move away from the club during the January transfer window.
Cavani has been closely linked with a move to Boca Juniors in recent months. However, he may be preparing to turn down the opportunity to join the Argentine club in favor of a move to Barcelona.
According to the Argentine channel TyC SportsCavani has set his heart on moving to the Nou Camp. The report bodes well for the Catalan club, which is in dire need of offensive reinforcements due to the injury crisis.
Cavani joined Manchester United on a free transfer last summer, signing a one-year contract with the club after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired. The 34-year-old had a slow start to life at Old Trafford but quickly became one of the club’s standout players.
He scored 17 goals in 39 games in all competitions for Manchester United last season. Cavani’s exploits helped the club finish their Premier League career in second place and finish second in the UEFA Europa League.
Uruguay’s consistent performance with Manchester United last season led to the club offering him a one-year contract extension in May 2021.
However, Cavani’s playing time at Manchester United has curtailed this season due to a host of injuries and the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo. The veteran has made just eight appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions this season and scored one goal.
Barcelona prioritized the signing of a high-quality striker in January. Coach Xavi Hernandez’s side is currently suffering from an injury crisis that has ruled out the likes of Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati and Martin Braithwaite.
Summer signing Sergio Aguero was also forced into early retirement from football after being diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia. Therefore, Barcelona is in dire need of a striker who scores goals.
Manchester United can give Barcelona the chance to sign Anthony Martial
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick may be looking to retain Edinson Cavani in January due to the 34-year-old’s work rate and finishing ability. The Red Devils may give Barcelona the chance to sign France striker Anthony Martial instead.
Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboli recently reported it Sky Sports News His client’s desire to leave Old Trafford. The striker is reportedly frustrated with his lack of playing time.
Martial has struggled to make the most of his chances this season, scoring just one goal in ten matches in all competitions for Manchester United.
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Barcelona have shown interest in the Frenchman in the past, but may struggle to raise funds to sign the 26-year-old. Manchester United are likely to charge a fee of €50m for Martial.