Manchester United will be offered the opportunity to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani for free in the summer – but he has been told that it will not be available this month.
Having lost the signature of Erling Haaland, who moved from RB Salzburg to Borussia Dortmund in the beginning of the January window, United still craves a surprising addition.
However, they gave priority to midfield acquisitions due to key injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay. Negotiations are still ongoing for Sporting Lisbon filmmaker Bruno Fernandes, while MEN recently reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interest in signing a loan in midfield, with Marcos Llorente a possible short-term arrival to cover injuries .
United considered Mario Mandzukic, 33, to replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer, while Cavani, 32, was also offered to United while the club ponders a move to strengthen its surprising ranks.
But MEN Sport understands that Cavani will not leave PSG in the January transfer window as the French capital’s club estimates the player at £ 30 million.
However, the Uruguay striker is not expected to sign a new deal at the Parc des Princes and will therefore leave at the end of the season. Sources close to the striker told MEN Sport that a United move is a “possibility” in the summer, with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid also cited as interested parties, but nothing from club sources indicates whether United would accept the offer for sign him. United examined the possibility of signing Cavani in 2014, but an agreement has not been completed and no longer fits the profile of United’s current goals.
Links to Chelsea and Atletico have been regularly reported in the past few days, but PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said after a 4-1 win over Monaco on Wednesday night that he wanted Cavani to stay.
“If there can be departures and arrivals in the group? It’s still possible in football, I can’t say,” Tuchel told Canal +.
“Cavani? We have to ask Edi the question. He is injured. He felt something in training and could not be there [against Monaco]. If I want you to stay? It is better, to achieve our goals, to have it, yes. “
Cavani found himself on the outskirts of PSG this season after Mauro Icardi’s arrival from Inter. He only started four league games, scoring twice, and played only 40 minutes of Champions League action during the club’s successful group stage campaign.
The experienced Uruguayan frontman has been prolific during his six and a half years in Paris, scoring 136 Ligue 1 goals in 168 games.