Edinson Cavani is reportedly in advanced talks to join Barcelona, with the Manchester United forward their priority January target.
According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Barcelona’s interest in Edinson Cavani has intensified further. The Catalan giants are in advanced talks with the Manchester United forward over a move in the January transfer window.
Edinson Cavani joined Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer transfer window of 2020. The veteran Uruguayan striker was initially branded as a panic buy by the Red Devils, but he proved his naysayers wrong, making several valuable contributions in the 2020/21 season. However, the ongoing campaign has been one to forget for Cavani.
The 34-year-old has managed just 274 minutes of game-time over six appearances, scoring just one goal in the process. Cristiano Ronaldo’s return has been detrimental to Cavani’s fortunes. At the same time, injuries have made matters worse, rendering him an uninfluential player this term. However, that has not detracted prospective suitors, with Barcelona keen on signing him.
The interest from Barcelona comes in the wake of Sergio Aguero’s decision to hang up his boots due to a heart condition that has prohibited him from taking to the field again. Aguero’s retirement has left Xavi Hernandez with Martin Braithwaite and Luuk de Jong as the only natural strikers at his disposal.
However, de Jong has been dreadful since joining the Blaugrana on loan from Sevilla in the summer transfer window, while Braithwaite is a mere backup option. So, Barcelona must sign a striker in the January transfer window, making Cavani a viable target. Recent reports have even claimed that the Catalan giants are in talks to sign the Manchester United forward.
Now, though, the interest has been stepped up further, with Cavani in advanced talks with Barcelona over a January move. The Uruguayan international is Barcelona’s priority for the winter transfer window, and the main sticking point remains convincing Manchester United to part with him.
Widespread reports have also claimed that a contract offer has already been prepared by Barcelona. So, with only a few details left to iron out, Cavani seems to be inching closer to the exit door at Manchester United and could move to Camp Nou in the weeks to come.