Owen Hargreaves believes that Edinson Cavani has yet to show his true talents at Manchester United and that money for a new striker would be better spent elsewhere.
Cavani moved to United as a free agent on October’s transfer deadline day. The move attracted plenty of criticism, given that he had left Paris Saint-Germain last June. What’s more, speculation has continued to mount as to whether he will get the one-year extension available in his contract.
Cavani’s father has insisted that his son wants to move on this summer, with Boca Juniors an ideal destination.
Meanwhile, ex-United defender Marcos Rojo – who now plays for Boca – has revealed that the striker has spoken to the club’s president.
Talk of the Uruguayan’s future has come alongside speculation that United could go big with a striker signing.
The Manchester Evening News has reported that Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is their top target. Ahead of his £65million release clause activating next summer, though, he is worth over £100million.
Nevertheless, Hargreaves feels that his former side would be better off using such money to strengthen other areas of the team.
After Paul Scholes pointed out ahead of United’s clash with Granada that 15 starts this term is less than Cavani would have liked, Hargreaves told BT Sport: “You’ve got to keep him, he’s fabulous.
“I think, first of all, he’s a great goal scorer and his minutes per goal show that. He’s the best player at United for that.
“Scholesy makes a good point, he probably hasn’t had the games he would have liked for different reasons but in the box, he’s one of the best, he’s proven that.
“Just as a mentor for Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Martial – he’s perfect. I would 100% keep him and invest the money in other positions.”
Hargreaves added that there are three areas in the squad which need greater attention than up front.
Hargreaves makes Cavani, Man Utd prediction
“I think everyone would love to have Harry Kane and Haaland, but with Cavani there, you don’t have to go and spend £100million on a player because if you spend it there, then there are other positions needed,” Hargreaves added.
“They need a right-winger, they need a central midfielder, they need a centre-back. With Cavani there, he’s almost an insurance policy and you can go and spend it on three other players in important positions.
“I think if Cavani played the whole of next season, then he could easily get you 25 goals, with the other boys.”
United look well set to boost their transfer coffers for the summer by qualifying for next season’s Champions League.