Former Manchester United attacker Edinson Cavani appears to have finally found his next club, after reports revealed where he has agreed to go.
Cavani spent two seasons with Manchester United, but his time at Old Trafford came to an end earlier this summer. He departed the club with a record of 19 goals from 59 appearances. His first season was much more memorable than his second.
Still, it has been somewhat surprising that it has taken the 35-year-old this long to find a new club. Yes, he is past his prime and may not be the most affordable target for some clubs in terms of wages, but the prospect of adding someone with more than 370 career goals on a free transfer must have been appealing.
Finally, it appears a club have come forward who think so. According to RMC Sport, Cavani has agreed terms to sign for Valencia.
The move, should it go through, would finally allow Cavani to play in Spain’s La Liga. The division has seemed like his preferred destination, although it has been a struggle to find a precise suitor.
There were links with Villarreal recently, after previous suggestions about Rayo Vallecano. But RMC Sport claim Cavani is actually ready to accept Valencia as his next destination.
The report from France mentions how Cavani was a top target for Nice. Given his reputation as Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading goalscorer, he is still held in high regard in France’s Ligue 1.
But his new challenge should be taking him to Spain, where Valencia have managed to put together the most convincing pitch.
The length of the contract he could sign with them has not been revealed. One would imagine it would be a short-term arrangement, perhaps similar to those he agreed to at Manchester United.
It is likely his wages will not be as high as they were at Old Trafford. But clearly he has found something appealing at Valencia.
Gennaro Gattuso’s side do not have European football on offer after only coming ninth in La Liga last season. But with their new head coach at the helm, it will be interesting to see how things change at Mestalla this season.
Valencia have won and lost once each since the start of the new La Liga campaign. Adding someone like Cavani to their squad, though – to compete with the likes of Maxi Gomez and Marcos Andre – would surely be beneficial.
Cavani ready for new challenge with Man Utd yet to replace him
Indeed, some at Manchester United may be wondering whether keeping Cavani could have been useful for them.
Erik ten Hag’s side remain in the market for another centre-forward. It could be a race against time for them to bring one in to replace Cavani.
Obviously, they are looking to evolve their attack for the future. But perhaps having another veteran among the ranks could have been better than none.
For now, Ten Hag will have to keep relying on the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo – whose own future remains unclear – Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Cavani, in turn, should be ready to enjoy a new adventure away from Old Trafford.