Edinson Cavani has an uncertain future at Manchester United due to a lack of playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and might be a target for Barcelona, according to El Nacional.
The 34-year-old has made eight appearances in all competitions this season but has amassed only 274 minutes of playing time. Cavani has started in only 25% of his games, so he might be seeking more opportunities elsewhere.
That’s where Barcelona come in. The Catalans spoke with Cavani’s representatives over the summer but didn’t have any success in landing his signature – Cavani wouldn’t agree to a reduced contract so Ronald Koeman opted to sign Luuk De Jong instead.
But with De Jong struggling at the Camp Nou, Barca are now considering replacing him. They’re looking at Cedric Bakambú but are also open to signing Cavani. The Uruguayan international is contracted at Old Trafford until 2022 and is beloved among the fans, players and staff, so an early departure seems unlikely.
Cavani has made 47 appearances in all competitions since joining United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 18 goals with six assists. He’s netted only one goal this campaign as the Red Devils struggle under Solskjaer, so his future may remain up in the air if things don’t improve.
Barcelona have made a U-turn on their transfer policy, letting 34-year-old Luis Suarez leave in 2020 because of his advancing age, only to sign 33-year-old Sergio Aguero from Manchester City over the summer, so its feasible they’re genuinely keen on Cavani.
But United aren’t likely to let the £250k-per-week centre-forward leave midway through the season, so Barca might have missed the boat. It remains to be seen whether Cavani will stay at Old Trafford for a third season, however, so the Catalans might have a chance to sign him at the end of the season.
With 359 goals and 71 assists from 603 career appearances (Palermo, Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain, Man Utd), Cavani would improve Barca’s attack.