Corinthians presidents has no regrets after trying and failing to sign Cavani

Manchester United made clear early in the transfer window that granting an exit for Edinson Cavani would not be considered.

Rumours had begun to spring up linking Cavani with an early departure, with Marca linking Barcelona and Brazilian sie Corinthians with a move.

Ralf Rangnick made clear he wanted Cavani to stay, and he has played a prominent role under the manager in recent weeks.

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Corinthians president Duilio Monteiro Alves held a press conference this week and admitted making an enquiry to try and sign Cavani.


Alves says he has no regrets after failing to bring Cavani in, and says he would be willing to try all over again.

He told Globo Esporte: “I have to look for the best in the world. I may not be able to, but I will try.

“I admitted that I went after Cavani and became a laughing stock. I said that I went after Neymar and became a laughing stock. Corinthians is much bigger than these guys. My obligation is to go after the best. Who thought Willian would be here?”

Now Cavani didn’t play all his career just to be compared to Willian, so Alves probably hasn’t endeared himself to the United striker at all with his comments.

What’s next for Cavani?

The Uruguayan is under contract until the end of the season and is not expected to sign an extension. United will move on and try and sign a younger centre-forward to replace him, and provide back-up and cover for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cavani’s decision over what he does next will be somewhat impacted by whether Uruguay qualify for the 2022 World Cup, with final qualifiers taking place this month and in March.

With the tournament taking place next November and December, that will become his top priority if he signs, and he will plan his next club around that. A move back to South America could fit well, rather than signing for another European club.

A move to Corinthians will be one to watch, but at that stage, it won’t impact United. All we care about is that he stays to the end of the season, and his wild celebrations after providing an assist for the winning goal at the weekend showed why.

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