Barcelona are reportedly planning a move to Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani in January.
The Uruguayan has emerged as one of Blaugrana’s best transfer targets as they have prioritized the signing of a striker in January. However, new Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez is uninterested in the 34-year-old. According to El Nacional, Xavi is keen to bring in young players and has vetoed a move to the Manchester United star.
Barcelona is suffering from a massive injury crisis in the attack. Former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero may be forced to retire due to heart problems. Meanwhile, Ansu Fati and Martin Braithwaite have been ruled out due to injury.
As a result, Barcelona have been heavily dependent on Dutch striker Memphis Depay. Blaugrana had parted ways with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann last summer to reduce the financial burden caused by the duo’s massive salaries.
However, Barcelona failed to sign sufficient replacements for Messi and Griezmann. The club is aiming for a seventh place in the league table and has won five out of 13 matches this season.
Xavi’s men have struggled to create goal scoring opportunities this season. The new Barcelona boss is reportedly eager to pick up a forward in January. But he wants to bring in a young talent rather than a forward in the twilight of his career.
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani scored 17 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions for The Red Devils last season. However, the former PSG striker has seen his playing time at Old Trafford diminish this season due to Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival and recurring injuries. Cavani have scored just one goal in eight games for United this season.
Barcelona could pick up the young sensation Karim Adeyemi instead of Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani
Barcelona have been linked with many top strikers in recent months. However, the Blaugranas face a debt of 1.35 million euros. It may force them to turn to the free agency or loan market to get new contracts in January.
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is entering the final six months of his contract with the club in January. The 34-year-old could therefore be available for a good price in the winter transfer window.
However, Xavi’s reluctance to bring in aging players could force Barcelona to target RB Salzburg sensation Karim Adeyemi instead. The 19-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europe this season. He has scored 14 goals in 18 games across tournaments.
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Barcelona will have to sell some of their outfielders to raise the necessary funds to sign Adeyemi. Samuel Umtiti, Luuk de Jong and Martin Braithwaite have all been linked with relocations away from the club.