Man Utd want to keep Edinson Cavani until the end of the season amid interest from Catalan giants Barcelona, according to reports.
The 34-year-old had a wonderful season for the Red Devils last term, contributing 17 goals in 39 matches in all competitions, leading to Man Utd offering him a new one-year deal to stay.
However, injuries and the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has seen his minutes on the pitch reduced this season and there have been rumours that he could leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
Barcelona are the main outfit linked with a move for Cavani as they look to replace former Man City striker Sergio Aguero, who retired recently with heart problems.
A report today in Spain has claimed that Man Utd have joined the race to sign River Plate striker Julian Alvarez as a possible replacement for Cavani if he was to leave the Premier League club.
But the Daily Mail now claims that Man Utd ‘want to keep’ Cavani until the end of the season despite speculation in Spain that Cavani would like a move to Barcelona.
Man Utd ‘want him to see out the remaining six months of his contract’ with recent Covid outbreak underlining ‘the need for a big squad as the Premier League looks to plough on through the pandemic’.
Meanwhile, Cavani is only focusing on the next match after the Red Devils got off to a good start in the Premier League under Ralf Rangnick, winning their first two matches under the German.
“I think one of the most important things, maybe one of the really key things here, is to always approach games and prepare for them on a strictly match-by-match basis,” Cavani told manutd.com.
“That really is what my vision of football is all about, my view of how a season might pan out. Don’t make a lot of plans in your head about anything in the long-term. So, in December or whatever the date, we’ll be there or thereabouts.
“No, I think you have to prepare for each game like it was a final. And then, gradually, keep an eye on how things are going and what’s happening generally. So, I think December’s an important month, to think about and take in that way.
“Focus on the next game, pick up vital points and then gradually keep adding to the points tally, so we can then get to the halfway point in the season, which comes at the end of December, and see what things are looking like then.
“Then, it’s all about keeping going in the same way, step by step, through until the end of the campaign. That’s, more or less, how I view the game of football and each competition we’re involved in.”
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