Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says that his club must do everything in their power to keep Edinson Cavani next season.
The striker became one of a flurry of October deadline-day signings for the Red Devils earlier this season. After months of unsuccessfully chasing Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, United snapped up Cavani‘s free-agent services. He made a strong start, but his form tailed off due to injury issues.
Furthermore, speculation over his future ran parallel with his period of absence.
His father claimed that there is a 60 per cent chance of his son signing for Boca Juniors this summer.
Ex-United defender Marcos Rojo – who now plays for Boca – has also said that the striker has held talks with the club’s president.
Since then, though, Cavani has returned to form with two goals in three games; he scored in the 3-1 comeback win over Tottenham before wrapping up the Europa League victory with Granada.
As such, Pogba has stressed the importance of keeping the Uruguayan.
“Edi is a world-class player, a total forward, now there are few complete forwards, and he is, he is a finisher,” the midfielder told ESPN (via TNT Sports).
“We lack players like this, he is one of the best nine in the world and we need him to play with Manchester.
“We know the importance that that would have and we hope he signs here.”
As for Rojo’s involvement in Cavani’s future, Pogba added that he remains in contact with his former team-mate, as well as Boca and ex-United striker Carlos Tevez.
“I am always in contact wit Carlitos and Marcos. I am a Boca fan. At the moment, only Boca,” he said.
“I would like to go to Argentina to know the meat that I know is wonderful and to see my friends Marcos and Carlitos’ El Apache.”
Solskjaer provides Bailly transfer update
Meanwhile, defender Eric Bailly is another United star whose future remains a topic of debate.
The Ivory Coast international will have one year left on his deal at the end of the season and United have begun talks with his representatives over an extension.
While some reports claim that he wants to leave, Solskjaer has said that he feels pleased at the progress of the negotiations.