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Manchester United confirm Edinson Cavani’s departure – where could he go next?

Manchester United have confirmed Edinson Cavani’s imminent departure from the club, as quoted by renowned transfer guru Fabrizio Romano

Cavani joined the Red Devils as a free agent after his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired in summer 2020 and enjoyed a decent maiden season in the Premier League.

The Old Trafford chiefs deemed the Uruguayan’s performances and influence in the dressing room essential for the team’s further growth and tied him down to a new contract last summer.

Little did they know the 35-year-old would experience an injury-riddled campaign and tumble down the pecking order under interim boss Ralf Rangnick. 

Cavani’s recurring injury problems and Rangnick’s tactical preferences have seen the all-time PSG top goalscorer make just eight Premier League appearances in 2022. 

Frustration boiled over on the last day of the season as the former Napoli striker was caught swearing at the club supporters following Man United’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. 

According to the Daily Mirror, Cavani experienced a sour farewell and was filmed making an obscene gesture in the direction of a fan while entering the club’s bus. 

The time has come for the veteran goal-getter to move on as we take a look at the three potential landing spots. 

#3 Return to South America

Cavani looked on the verge of joining Boca Juniors last summer before pledging his short-term future to the Theatre of Dreams. 

A potential return to South America, where he started his professional career at Uruguayan outfit Danubio, remains on the cards. 

It remains uncertain whether Boca are still considering the experienced striker as a potential option after landing Dario Benedetto from Marseille in January. 

Boca’s arch-rivals River Plate have also emerged as possible suitors for Cavani, though Romano has played down such talks. 

#2 Barcelona

Barcelona were keen on signing Cavani in a cut-price deal during the January transfer window before completing the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal.

After enjoying a flying start to his career at Camp Nou, the Gabonese superstar has suffered a dip in form, casting doubt on his ability to lead the line next season.

Ex-Man United star Memphis Depay, who joined Barca in the wake of Lionel Messi’s departure for PSG, has failed to live up to the billing and could part with the club in the upcoming transfer window.

Cavani’s name could return to fashion this summer, especially considering Barcelona’s well-documented financial turmoil.  

Though he would only be a short-term solution, the Catalans may take a gamble amid the financial uncertainty surrounding one of Europe’s most iconic clubs. 

#1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is known for his affection for top-class strikers, although his conservative tactical approach suggests otherwise.

Los Rojiblancos have had some of the world’s finest marksmen over the years, and Cavani could be the last in a long line of world-class hitters to wear the red-white shirt. 

Atletico will soon sever ties with Cavani’s international colleague Luis Suarez, forcing Simeone to dive back into the market to fill the void. 

The dethroned La Liga champions are the veteran’s long-term admirers, and while the move could happen a bit late, the ‘Simeone Cavani’ combo could spearhead Atletico’s title charge next season. 

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