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Edinson Cavani close to agreement with FC Barcelona as Man United exit looms

Edinson Cavani close to agreement with FC Barcelona as Man United exit looms

Edinson Cavani is close to leaving Manchester United in the January transfer window to join Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

We reported here yesterday that Barça was looking like a match made in heaven for the Uruguayan. The Blaugrana are desperate to sign a centre forward who can hit the ground running to replace Sergio Aguero, who announced his retirement this week due to heart problems.

And according to Barcelona-based Sport, the United player is top of the list and close to an agreement with the Spanish side.

‘Ferran Torres is a very expensive operation and, although everything is still open to sign the former Valencian player, other possibilities are also contemplated, especially in terms of pure centre forwards,’ the outlet reports.

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‘Cavani is, in this sense, number one on the list, the one that [director of football] Mateu Alemany especially likes the most, who is well advanced in negotiations with him and is now in a position to offer the Uruguayan to the coaching staff of the first team.’

There are two outstanding issues according to the report. One is whether a deal can be reached with United and the other is the status of the ongoing tendon problem that has seen Cavani sit out the last 11 games.

‘Although the issue is advanced, everything is pending a meeting scheduled for the next few days with Manchester United,’ Sport says.

‘In addition, they are also waiting to see how Cavani returns from the Achilles tendon injury.

‘We will have to wait to see if the Uruguayan is fully recovered on a physical level.’

One issue to be resolved is whether United will demand some sort of transfer fee, even though Cavani has just six months left on his contract. It is also possible that they would block the transfer altogether if manager Ralf Rangnick is concerned about a lack of cover in the striker role.

Cavani came close to leaving Old Trafford at the end of last season but was persuaded to stay by then manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who convinced him he was desperately needed.

However, the Reds then signed Cristiano Ronaldo as the transfer window was closing and Cavani was no longer first choice striker at the club.

Ronaldo’s presence, quarantine issues at the start of the season and the ongoing tendon problem have limited the 34-year-old to just 274 minutes of playing time this season, with only two starts


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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