Brazilian side Corinthians will not give up on trying to sign Manchester United frontman Edinson Cavani this month, according to their president.
Cavani, 34, is officially free to speak to foreign clubs with his Old Trafford contract set to expire in June. The veteran frontman has been linked with a whole host of clubs, including Barcelona. While a number of sides are keen on taking him back to South America.
Cavani though has given his word to United boss Ralf Rangnick that he will see out the season. The German coach revealed at the start of the week that he had spoken to the Uruguayan over his future.
When asked if he had informed any players they could go in January, Rangnick said: “No. But I also didn’t tell Edi that he cannot leave. I told him that if it was up to me I would want him to stay.
“As such, I had a conversation with him yesterday, he came into my office and we spoke for almost half an hour. He told me he will definitely stay and would want to stay until the end of the season.
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“Not only because I told him that he should stay or has to stay, he did it on his own behalf and he told me that I can rely on him to stay until the end of the season and give his very best and be a role model for the young players.”
But Corinthians supremo Duilio Monteiro Alves says he will keep trying to sign the prolific striker to lead their Copa Libertadores charge.
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“Cavani has six months left on his contract,” Monteiro Alves said in a news conference. “For me, it’s something very difficult, but I have to try.
“Today I think it’s practically impossible, Manchester will not release him, they have the coach’s word, the club’s position, but we continue our search. The Corinthians players can be sure that, at the right time, with great responsibility, we will bring a No. 9 of the level of Corinthians.”
Monteiro Alves then denied reports that Corinthians were not in a position financially to make a big-name signing.
“Nobody is irresponsible,” he said. “The numbers are there. It’s possible to do it. We have to improve a lot, but the beginning has already been done… And that allows us to dream with Cavani, (Luis) Suarez, Diego Costa.”