Edinson Cavani Doesn’t Feel Comfortable in England, His Father Says
Cavani Planning to Leave in June
The revelation comes amid speculation that United were set to offer its number seven a contract extension. Luis Cavani’s revelations would suggest any approach is set to be rejected.
The striker’s father spoke to Olé about his son’s future, saying: “Today he does not feel comfortable in England. There are things that sometimes bother the human being, the person, the issue of the penalty for the ‘negrito’ bothered him.
“That has been affecting him, sometimes the player does not find his level, those things can mark you. Sometimes your head leads you to deteriorate. He has a clause in the contract that allows him to leave in June.”
Cavani has been at Old Trafford since the beginning of the season but has failed to start consistently for the Red Devils due to many reasons, including a delayed arrival due to COVID-19, the suspension his father cited, and injuries.
Although this announcement from the 34-year-old’s father comes as a surprise, he has already been planning an exit to South America, Luis Cavani revealed, saying: “I cannot deny that he wants to play in Boca [Juniors], we have talked about it and he even made it public, and he has had many conversations with Riquelme.
“Knowing Edi, because of what he has spoken with Riquelme, he leans a lot for Boca.”
United Need to Fast-Track Striker Hunt
With this news, it will be absolutely clear to the Manchester United board that the club will be left short of an out-and-out striker by the summer.
Although Cavani has not been a mainstay in the United side, he has offered Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a new dimension and highlighted the lack of a centre-forward in the team.
While being unable to establish himself as one of United’s best players, he has offered a glimpse of how much the Red Devils can improve with an established centre forward in the squad.
He has shown intelligence in the box with predatory runs and positioning that United does not have available to them through the likes of Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, or Marcus Rashford.
Despite Martial’s recent exceptional performance in the Manchester Derby, he has failed to convince United fans that he can consistently perform as the team’s focal point throughout a season.
This leaves the club with little option but to search Europe for a new striker of Cavani’s profile to fill the gap he will leave in the squad.
With the striker’s short-term deal and age, it seems unlikely that the club was not already considering a signing in this area this summer. Now with Luis Cavani’s announcement, it is clear the club has to act.
Replacing the Uruguayan with another ageing striker makes little sense – the board needs to look at budding talent across Europe to lead their line for many years, and they need to make their move in the coming months.