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Manchester United intend to keep Edinson Cavani at the club, despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s sensational return, according to reports. On Friday, Man United reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Ronaldo, 12 years after he departed for Real Madrid in 2009.
A club statement read: “Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.
“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”
Amid the unsurprising delight and hype surrounding Ronaldo’s return, questions regarding Cavani’s future enter the fray.
The 34-year-old’s spot as United’s starting striker is under threat, but the club aren’t expecting to offload him this month.
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Edinson Cavani is Man Utd’s current number seven. (Image: GETTY)
According to the Manchester Evening News, United have no plans to sell Cavani after he signed a one-year contract extension earlier this year.
Cavani was close to leaving the club after his first season, desiring a return to South America.
But the Uruguayan ace’s goalscoring form quickly saw him rise as a cult hero at Old Trafford, and he was convinced to stay for a campaign in front of fans.
Cavani scored 10 goals in his final 11 games of last season, setting up a positive second term.
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But he is yet to feature in United’s opening two games of the season after returning to pre-season late.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer permitted him to have an extended break in South America following the club’s packed schedule and his Copa America exploits.
Having returned to Carrington recently, though, Cavani should be involved against Wolves on Sunday, most likely from the bench.
But just as he’s getting back to peak match sharpness, Ronaldo should become Solskjaer’s primary striker option after the international break.
Ronaldo has already won bags of silverware at Man Utd. (Image: GETTY)
Ronaldo is set for a medical in Lisbon in the coming days, with United paying an initial £12.9million (€15m) and £6.9m (€8m) in add-ons.
The 36-year-old will be primed to make his second debut in front of the Old Trafford crowd on September 11 against Newcastle United.
His arrival adds to the array of attacking options Solskjaer has at his disposal this season as he searches for his first piece of silverware as manager.
Cavani, as it stands, is in those plans and will likely remain in them with just four days of the transfer window left.