Cavani signs new deal
Following a fantastic debut season in Manchester, which has seen Edinson Cavani net 15 goals across all competitions, the Uruguayan striker has signed a new deal set to keep him at Manchester United until the summer of 2022. The contract extension follows strong pleas from fans and former players alike, with club legend Rio Ferdinand tweeting:
Mr @ECavaniOfficial pls stay
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 9, 2021
Fortunately for Rio, he had to wait less than 24 hours for the club to announce that their number 7 would be staying in the northwest of England for at least another season, one in which the Red Devils will be hoping to put up a stronger fight for the title with their cross-city rivals and a rejuvenated Liverpool.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 10, 2021
Haaland deal off?
Cavani’s stay makes it almost certain that United won’t be making a move for Borussia Dortmund’s young prodigy Erling Haaland come the summer transfer window. Dortmund have repeatedly stated that they don’t see Haaland leaving the German club this summer, with President Michael Zorc telling media that:
“We have very clear plans to go into the new season with Erling“.
With a rumoured release clause between €75 and €100 million which can be activated in the summer of 2022 however, bids over that will surely be considered by the Black and Yellow.
Swoop for Sancho:
With the striker position covered for the next twelve months, Manchester United are likely to return their attention to the right flank, where fellow Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is undoubtedly their top target.
Their push to sign the England international last summer was a drawn-out affair that ended in disappointment, but there is renewed hope for this summer as Dortmund remain unsure of Champions League qualification.
German publication BILD even suggest that the Red Devils may try to complete the move for Sancho ahead of the beginning of the delayed Euro 2020, beginning on 11th June.
— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) May 11, 2021
Harry Kane sweating on his future:
In any normal summer window, Harry Kane’s transfer would be one that clubs were queuing up around the block to pull off. With the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the emergence of Haaland however, his desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur seems unlikely to be met this summer.
Manchester United certainly seem to have ruled themselves out, whilst Barcelona appear to favour soon-to-be free agent Sergio Aguero.
It leaves Harry Kane in a potentially awkward situation, with two of the biggest financial superpowers no longer interested in his services this summer.
He will hope that either Manchester City or Paris St Germain are willing to stump up the rumoured £175 million price tag for the forward. Either way, he was certainly not greeting the news that Cavani is remaining in Manchester with the same joy that United fans were.
This article was edited by Tom Canton.
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