Edinson Cavani is sizing up a move to Spain in a development that could see him form an intriguing tandem with an ex-Man Utd striker, per a report.
The Uruguayan is one of a whole host of stars leaving Manchester United as a free agent this summer. Cavani, 35, enjoyed a superb debut campaign at Old Trafford, though struggled with form and fitness second time around.
His underwhelming second season ensured a new contract wasn’t forthcoming. But with the Qatar World Cup on the horizon and Cavani still very much in Uruguay’s plans, a new challenge at club level now awaits.
Cavani had drawn links with Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid. However, according to Marca, it is fellow Madrid-based side Rayo Vallecano who Cavani has reportedly offered himself to.
The sticking point, unsurprisingly, is his salary. It’s claimed he’s asking for wages of €4m-a-year, presumably net. That roughly equates to £66,000-a-week and is beyond Rayo’s current means.
However, should a compromise from either side be made, Cavani could link up with former Man Utd striker Radamel Falcao.
The Colombian, 36, joined Vallecano from Galatasaray last summer and was once one of world football’s most lethal finishers.
He tested the waters in the Premier League with both United and Chelsea on loan. However, he flopped on both occasions, scoring just five goals in 41 appearances between the pair.
Regardless, a Cavani-Falcao partnership would certainly be an intriguing one to see. Whether it would succeed would be another matter entirely.
Where next for Cavani?
There has always been talk of Cavani returning to South America to see out his playing days. However, the forward showed he can still produce at the highest level when bagging 17 goals in the 2020/21 campaign.
Cavani may well feel he has enough juice in the tank to compete in a tougher European league. If either he or Rayo are willing to compromise, a move to LaLiga has its appeal.
What’s more, the upcoming World Cup will likely be his last. Cavani remains a key part of Uruguay’s squad, though is no longer guaranteed to start with Luis Suarez still around and Darwin Nunez fast emerging.
A burst of goals in LaLiga would ensure he remains at the front of Uruguay boss Diego Alonso’s mind. After a year or two in Spain, a return to South America could await.