Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani looks all set to move out of the club in January as Barcelona are planning to sign him on a permanent deal.
According to a report in Marca, Barcelona have approached Cavani for a switch at the start of the new year and the forward has agreed to join the La Liga outfit.
Sergio Aguero has just announced his retirement due to a heart condition and as things stand, Cavani is going to be his long-term replacement at the Camp Nou for the remainder of the season.
Should Ralf Rangnick allow Edinson Cavani to join FC Barcelona?
Cavani had netted 10 Premier League goals last season but he’s hardly played for Manchester United this time around. His campaign has been riddled with a tendon issue which he had picked up at the start of the season and he’s yet to make a comeback. So far, the forward has played only five league matches during the 2021/22 season.
And with Ronaldo being the first-choice striker at the club, we don’t think the interim manager has major plans for Cavani for the second half of the season, apart from using him as a super sub.
The 34-year-old has been plagued by constant injuries this season so letting him move out with not cause too many disruptions to Rangnick’s plans. The manager has Mason Greenwood as a backup to Ronaldo so if Barcelona are serious about signing him then Edinson Cavani will definitely be on his way out.
Various bookmakers across casinobetting.live and similar bookmaker websites are suggesting that the forward’s move to Camp Nou is only a matter of time and if the two parties can agree on personal terms then Manchester United will not stand in the way.
A financial relief for Manchester United?
Last season, Edinson Cavani was earning £200,000 a week and this year that amount was increased to £250,000 a week. So if he is indeed leaving on a permanent deal then it will be a major boost for the club.
With Cavani leaving, United will be able to free up a major chunk of their wage bill which they can use to bring in some fresh faces during the January transfer window.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 21, 2022
It will make sense that the South American moves out on a permanent deal instead of a loan arrangement and with this gossip picking wind, United should be able to free up the No 21 shirt really soon.
Will joining Barcelona be a sensible move for Edinson Cavani?
Barcelona have hit rock-bottom right now and there’s no way that Edinson Cavani will be able to win silverware this season. But at Camp Nou, he will surely be getting regular starts.
With Aguero retiring, Cavani will be the undisputed centre-forward at the club, a position which is occupied by Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United. Barcelona are also in dire need of a senior figure who can guide them through tough situations and the forward can surely play that role up front.
But along with poor form, Barca are also struggling financially which means the 34-year-old will have to take a pay cut if he wishes to join the Catalans. We are not sure how much salary reduction will be offered but Cavani is looking for consistent game time then agreeing on personal terms should not be a problem for him.
Will Man United bring in a replacement?
Manchester United, as of now, are not interested in bringing in a striker during the January transfer window but with Edinson Cavani and Martial both likely to move out, the OT outfit are surely keeping their options open.
Ralf Rangnick will be allowed to bring in some fresh faces next month and with Manchester United targeting the UCL as well, the German will dive into the market in search of a backup centre-forward.