Manchester United are reportedly planning to hold talks with Edinson Cavani about extending his contract.

United have an option in Cavani’s current deal to extend his contract, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer telling Sky Sports the club will sit down with the Uruguayan to discuss it.

There are a couple of questions to ask. Firstly, why hasn’t this been done already as a priority?

Well, United probably feel relaxed about it considering how well Cavani has settled in Manchester and what an important part of the team he has become, that he will want to stay put at least one more year.

Keeping Cavani looks like a no-brainer for United. Unless there is a better player who could be available to play the same role… like Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Could Ronaldo be available?

United might want to see what happens in Juventus’ upcoming Champions League second leg.

Juventus are 2-1 down against Porto and an early exit could be disastrous against the backdrop of a hugely underwhelming league campaign in which Ronaldo’s side sit 11 points behind leaders Inter.

Ronaldo is under contract at Juventus for just one more year. If he decides he wants out, he will get what he wants.

There is a possibility United could engineer a player plus cash swap deal for Paul Pogba. Juventus were reported by TMW to be desperate to re-sign the Frenchman.

Calciomercato report Ronaldo is considering his future and is frustrated at the club.

 

If Ronaldo is available, United have to move

Bringing Ronaldo back to Manchester United is like the short term move for Cavani, only better.

Sadly for Cavani, there would be no room for both; in terms of the Uruguayan occupying Ronaldo’s number seven shirt, a place in the line up, and wages.

United would thank Cavani for his efforts this year and move on, hoping Ronaldo, who has a better fitness record, would be an upgrade.

This past season he has scored 20 goals in 23 Serie A and Champions League games.

The impact of bringing Ronaldo back to United could be phenomenal. With fans hopefully returning to Old Trafford next season, a return could give the club an incredible lift.

Seeing what veteran Tom Brady did to the Glazers’ NFL franchise may even convince the club’s owners to take a punt on Ronaldo. If they care.

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Ronaldo could give this young United team a big lift. He is already used to playing alongside Bruno Fernandes with Portugal and would take no time at all to settle back into life at Old Trafford, managed by former teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It may seem harsh to move Cavani aside, but football can be a ruthless business sometimes. And it would be silly to pass on bringing back Ronaldo, who can do what Cavani can, but better.

As United prepare to hold talks with Cavani, the Ronaldo situation hovers in the background as a remote possibility. If a deal is not struck with the Uruguayan, a desire to bring Ronaldo back could be why.

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