Man Utd: What pressure is Solskjaer under?
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Edinson Cavani’s Manchester United future remains up in the air, with the veteran forward’s current deal due to expire at the end of the season. United do have an option to extend his contract by a further year but there are doubts over whether they will exercise it.
Cavani has been linked with a move to Boca Juniors, with his father claiming the former PSG star “does not feel comfortable in England”.
Speaking to TyC Sports, Cavani’s father said: “My son does not feel comfortable in England and wants to be close to the family again.
“Edinson is going to end up playing in South America. I want Edinson to play in a team that fights for something important.
“Edinson had many conversations with [Juan Roman] Riquelme [Boca’s second vice-president] and he would like to play for Boca.
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“He was always seduced by the idea of playing in Boca. If he returns to South America he is leaning towards Boca.
“By the middle of the year he will return to South America. My son’s idea is not to continue there, he wants to return.”
Cavani has also been linked with a return to Uruguay, with Nacional legend Ruben Sosa claiming he has spoken to the player about joining the club.
Speaking to Polideportivo, Sosa revealed: “I’ve spoken with Cavani, we always send each other messages by phone.
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“I’m closer to Cavani, who I think wants to come to Nacional. He has more desire than Suárez. Suárez wants [to] but the family may stop him. Cavani, his will is to come to Nacional and he’ll be welcome.”
Cavani has previously admitted that he was a Nacional supporter growing up, telling Conmebol: “My father and my brother were from Peñarol, so I wanted to be from Nacional because in the derby we couldn’t be from the same team.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that talks over the 34-year-old’s future are ongoing, saying: “We’re speaking to Eddy. Edinson is a top striker and whatever he decides to do, let’s see. We’re in good dialogue with him.
“We want a competitive squad and we need someone up there to score the goals for us. So we’re looking at it.”
Cavani has scored seven goals in 26 appearances in all competitions this season and made an appearance off the bench in United’s FA Cup defeat to Leicester on Sunday.
Cavani had missed United’s last four games with a minor muscle injury and Solskjaer is hopeful that the forward will be back to his best.
“He’s worked really hard and is joining training sessions and towards the end of training sessions when he needs to chop it up and feel 100 per cent ready for the game and he hasn’t really gotten there yet,” Solskjaer added.
“So, it’s down to him. He wants to be 100 per cent when he joins in. He doesn’t want to come in and look off the pace.”
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