Manchester United officials told Edinson Cavani they want him to stay during talks with the player on Tuesday – but the striker is believed to have major concerns about his playing time if he stays at the club.
Eyebrows were raised as United signed Cavani, 34, on a free transfer last summer given the forward’s age and his lack of first-team football in his last few months with PSG.
But Cavani has made a huge impression on the younger players of the United dressing room and has proven to be a valuable addition to Solskjaer’s attack when fit, having six goals and two assists in the Premier League this campaign.
But, there has been speculation that Cavani has struggled to settle at Old Trafford and his father, Luis, appeared to confirm the rumours in an interview with TyC Sports earlier this month.
Cavani’s time in the Premier League has not been without controversy either. In November, he hit the headlines after being charged by the FA for using a racial term in an Instagram post.
The ex-Napoli star looks likely to leave at the end of June when his one-year deal expires but, according to The Daily Mail, the Red devils have not yet given up hope of extending his stay beyond the summer.
It’s reported United’s newly-appointed director of football, John Murtough, and executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, held discussions with him at at around midday on Tuesday at Carrington.
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United have been honest with Cavani that they will look to make a marquee signing up front in the summer and the report suggests he is worried about his first-team chances should he stay put.
Uruguay assistant manager Mario Rebollo said Cavani’s happiness should come first when asked about the speculation surrounding his future earlier this week.
‘The priority is that he plays where he is comfortable and where he’s playing at a good competitive level,’ he told reporters.
‘If it’s close to here it would be great but only if he’s comfortable. ‘It would be good for us if Cavani plays where he feels most comfortable.
‘I don’t care if it’s Boca or another place, we have to have him with rhythm and strong competition.’