Despite Edinson Cavani’s links with a move to Barcelona, his current club Manchester United have five reasons to ignore the striker’s transfer wish. Cavani has found playing time hard to come by for the Red Devils this season thanks to injuries and the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Cavani is now understood to be turning his eye towards the next step in his career.
The Uruguayan reportedly wants that next step to be a move to the Nou Camp, where he would likely replace recently-retired Sergio Aguero.
The lack of minutes he has been getting at United have heavily influenced his desire to become Xavi’s latest signing.
But the Red Devils have several reasons to keep him at Old Trafford, at least beyond the January transfer window.
That means he is highly unlikely to be able to play every game, creating the need for a quality option to take his place as and when required.
Cavani showed his Premier League quality last season and is the ideal man to fulfil such a role for the rest of this campaign.
That requirement to keep Cavani becomes all the more important when Anthony Martial’s likely exit is factored into the reckoning.
Martial has never lived up to his hefty transfer fee and increasingly looks set to depart Old Trafford next month.
Whether that takes the form of a loan or permanent deal does not matter, as United cannot afford to lose two central striker options in the same window.
It also appears that United boss Ralf Rangnick does not believe that Mason Greenwood is yet ready to be considered for substantial game-time.
“Mason [Greenwood] did so well at the start of the season. He’s a very gifted homegrown player and I would love to give him more game-time in the future,” Rangnick said at the start of the month.
“But, of course, he has to deserve his game-time in training and, therefore, it was good to have him on the bench and bring him on the pitch.”