Manchester United had offered Edinson Cavani to multiple clubs on deadline day, including Barcelona and Juventus.
A report from Calciomercato has offered an insight into Edinson Cavani’s late transfer saga at Manchester United. It appears the forward was offered to multiple clubs on deadline day in an attempt to remove him from the Old Trafford camp.
FC Barcelona were one of the recipients of the offer to sign Cavani, but they ended up opting for Luuk de Jong. The second club to be offered the Uruguayan international was Juventus, who were recovering from the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United.
The Bianconeri, though, did not consider Cavani due to his ageing figure and the fact that he demands €9 million per season. It was going to cause financial problems for the club, who ended up re-signing Moise Kean from Everton.
The arrival of Ronaldo was always going to cause problems for Cavani, who had extended his deal at Old Trafford earlier in the summer for another year. He was expected to spearhead the United attack this season before leaving the club next summer. But the unexpected capture of the Portuguese star man put his place in danger.
Not only did the former Real Madrid icon took his number seven kit, but has effectively marred his prospects of gaining regular game-time this season. He is likely to serve as an alternative for Ronaldo, and perhaps start in the Carabao Cup or FA Cup matches as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to rotate his squad in order to keep his troops fresh.
It will be interesting to see how the burden of having two ageing centre-forwards affects Manchester United this season. However, the majority of fans are hopeful that the addition of Ronaldo can spur the entire morale of the side and help them push for the Premier League title this term, although they are equally worried about the lack of quality in the holding midfield department.
Solskjaer, too, seems to recognise the problem area and is continuing to keep an eye on Yves Bissouma, who may emerge as a January target, should both Scott McTominay and Fred fail to deliver in the first half of the campaign.