Man Utd: Solskjaer wants Cavani to stay
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Manchester United’s new football director will have to switch to his plan B as Edinson Cavani is set to reject a contract extension, according to reports in Argentina. The striker is apparently preparing to sign a deal to join Boca Juniors, who have reserved a shirt number in anticipation of his arrival.
Cavani left Paris Saint-Germain, where he is their club-record goalscorer, at the end of last season.
The Uruguayan came to United’s aid when they were in desperate need for a forward after missing out on Jadon Sancho.
The 33-year-old has mostly been utilised from the bench with Anthony Martial the preferred option up top.
However, he has still racked up 27 appearances across all competitions this term.
United are keen to keep Cavani beyond this season but he is not convinced about staying in the Premier League.
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Cavani was slapped with a three-match ban and a £100,000 fine by the FA following a social media post in November.
That is thought to have led to growing unrest with Cavani seeking opportunities abroad.
And it seems he may finally have got his wish as Argentine daily newspaper Ole claim Boca Juniors are convinced that they have struck a deal.
The South American giants have reserved the No 7 and No 9 shirt – the latter what Cavani donned at PSG.
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The report adds that Cavani has even been following Boca Juniors’ matches to familiarise himself with his new team-mates.
Meanwhile, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recently insisted that he wants to hold talks with Cavani next month.
“I will sit down with him at the end of the season,” Solskjaer said.
“We will have a discussion with Edinson and between ourselves at the club. But I have to say that what he’s done has been very positive.
“All I will say is that I hope the weather in Manchester will improve for him!”
If Cavani is to leave United this summer then Murtough will be tasked with finding a replacement.
It is no secret that the Red Devils want to sign Erling Haaland this summer – perhaps they may also need a second striker, too.
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