Manchester United chiefs Ed Woodward and John Murtough meet Edinson Cavani for confrontation talks in an attempt to convince him to stay another year – as the forward contemplates leaving the summer after struggling in England.
- Edinson Cavani has met with Manchester United chiefs to discuss his future
- United Deputy Chairman Ed Woodward and newly appointed football director John Murtough met the wanton striker on Tuesday
- Cavani has been linked with a move to Argentina’s Boca Juniors
- His father Luis revealed this month that his son was uncomfortable in England
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants him to stay, but confirmed Cavani’s decision
Manchester United’s power brokers held talks with Edinson Cavani on Tuesday to convince him to stay.
Newly appointed football director John Murtough and Executive Vice President Ed Woodward met with the Uruguay international at noon to discuss whether to extend his contract with United for another season.
Cavani’s future was called into question earlier this month by interest from Argentine club Boca Juniors and player Luis’ father who revealed his son was uncomfortable in England.
Manchester United held talks with Edinson Cavani on Tuesday in an attempt to convince him to stay
It was also reported that Cavani was unhappy about his treatment by the English FA, which banned him for three games in January and fined him £ 100,000 for using the word ‘negrito’ in a social media post.
Last weekend, Uruguay’s assistant coach Mario Rebollo added a call for Cavani to leave when he said he should move to a place where he can find better ‘rhythm and competition’.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted Cavani stay, but confirmed that the final decision was with the 34-year-old. The United manager now hopes Tuesday’s talks at their training base in Carrington will be productive.
Cavani is aware that United’s priority is to sign a new forward this summer and is concerned about the amount of playing time he will get.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to hope to keep Cavani despite doubts about his future
However, United needs quality coverage as Marcus Rashford could be time-out at the start of the new season if he needs surgery on his troublesome shoulder.
Cavani, who came as a free agent last October, has also struggled to stay fit this season, although he managed to score seven goals in 26 appearances.
He was resurrected in practice in Carrington on Tuesday after his team, consisting of Nemanja Matic, Alex Telles, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Hannibal Mejbri, took victory in the day’s five-a-side leg.
Cavani will be in line against Brighton on Sunday, while United awaits Rashford’s fitness and Anthony Martial’s fitness, who was hit to the fibula under his left knee while playing for France against Kazakhstan.