Manchester United made a surprising addition to their forward department in the 2020 summer transfer window. Not many would have seen it coming, especially from a side that had been marked by its youth in recent times, but the club brought in Edinson Cavani as a free agent after his time at Paris Saint-Germain had come to an end.
Despite him joining the club on a free transfer, the move raised a lot of eyebrows amongst the fans. There was a feeling that Manchester United had signed the former Paris Saint-Germain star when they had failed to bring in any of their other transfer targets.
More than a year on and the signing of Cavani has worked out quite well for Manchester United. Even at the age of 34, he continues to put in solid performances when the team needs him. According to stats from Transfermarkt, the Uruguayan has scored 19 goals and provided 10 assists in 52 appearances for the club till now.
Even though Cavani has always seemed like an important part of Manchester United, questions over his future have never quite gone away although it has emerged recently that Ralf Rangnick is keen for him to remain at Old Trafford till the end of the season.
Corinthians made approach for Manchester United superstar
Cavani has been linked with several South American clubs recently and Corinthians president, Duilio Monteiro Alves, has admitted that the Brazilian club had sounded out about a potential move for the Uruguayan.
As reported by ge.globo, Alves said about the situation:
“I talked to Cavani’s brother about the possibility, we followed his desire to return to South America. It was never our priority. There is this doubt whether or not he continued at Manchester. Stopped there, he continues.”
Cavani signed a new contract last summer, extending his stay at Manchester United until the summer of 2022. He is free to sign a pre-contract agreement from January.
While the future is uncertain for Cavani, it is unlikely that he would leave Manchester United this month. A free transfer next summer seems much more likely.