The Times are reporting that Edinson Cavani is considering joining Barcelona when his Manchester United contract runs down.

That link sprung up at the end of the summer transfer window but Cavani of course ended up staying put.

The new report says that Cavani dreams of playing in Spain and thinks he has two more seasons at the top of level of football in him.

His Old Trafford contract expires at the end of the season, after he signed a one-year extension in the summer.

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Can Barcelona afford him?

Barca’s financial troubles are well-documented. The report says that they could not afford to pay a fee for Cavani.

But once he is a free agent, he will become a viable target if the report is to be believed.

 

His salary would still be significant but Barca did – eventually – sign the likes of Sergio Aguero during the summer.

The deal for Cavani would likely be a similar outlay, as Xavi gets to work putting his squad together.

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Does he really want to leave?

Cavani said he did seriously consider leaving United for Boca before extending his deal.

He took his time over agreeing to stay at Old Trafford and then saw Cristiano Ronaldo come to the club as first-choice striker.

Injuries have hampered his season but even when he is fit, he is behind Ronaldo in the pecking order, with the likes of Mason Greenwood always pushing for a start too.

It is plausible that he has already decided he wants to leave and there cannot have been too many United fans who expected him to sign a deal to stay for another year at the end of the season.

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