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Spanish giants Barcelona were able to save Edinson Cavani from Manchester United on Tuesday, according to a number of sources.
Cavani’s future was in the air at the end of the season at Old Trafford. The veterans attacker then appeared to return to South America. United though United asked him to stay and eventually he agreed to extend his time in England.
Cavani signed a new one-year deal in May, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s surprising arrival has blurred the waters at United.
Ronaldo, who was officially announced by United on Tuesday, has signed a two-year deal with the option of a third. The 36-year-old is expected to play as a central striker and likely leave Cavani on the bench.
The Uruguayan striker, who replaced Dan James against Wolves, is not expected to be happy to kick the heels on the sidelines and Barcelona are eager.
And according to RAC1 reporter Gerard Romero Barca is in ‘very advanced negotiations’ with Cavani ahead of a late deal to sign him.
According to Mundo Deportivo, via Sports witness, Barcelona are on the market for a new striker.
The paper claims that the 34-year-old has been “offered Barca”. United are trying to ease their paycheck after Ronaldo’s arrival.
With the prospect of first-team football reduced after Ronaldo’s return, Cavani would “appreciate an exit from United”.
It appears United have been proactive in trying to relieve Cavani. Goal Mundo Say Cavani’s arrival in Barcelona is “difficult” and “complicated” because of his salary.
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Lingard to stay
Elsewhere, Jesse Lingard looks set to stay at Manchester United this summer after the club decided to let the playmaker stay and fight for his place.
West Ham were expected to try to sign the English midfielder all summer after Lingard had a very productive loan with the Hammers last season. The 28-year-old scored nine goals in 16 Premier League games for David Moyes’ men.
But according to Sky Sports News ” Dharmesh Sheth, United are happy that the player stays and fights for a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side.
Sheth said: “Man United are happy that Lingard will stay at Old Trafford. And to stay and fight for his place. ”
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