Tuchel laughs off Cavani predicament as Man Utd line up summer swoop

Date published: Friday 31st January 2020 8:20 - Steve Pearson

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PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has made light of the situation Edinson Cavani now finds himself in having seen hopes of a January exit dashed – a situation that puts Man Utd in pole position for his signature in six months’ time.

The prolific Uruguayan had been tipped to depart the French capital in the current window after being unseated in the club’s front three by loan signing Mauro Icardi.

Spanish heavyweights Atletico Madrid initially appeared the most likely to land the 32-year-old, but were unable to muster the financial clout to pull off the deal after failing to offload Frenchman Thomas Lemar.

That left the door ajar for the Red Devils, who have cast their net far and wide in their quest to bring in striking reinforcements.

An early departure from the Parc des Princes was recently vetoed, however, meaning Cavani will see out the remaining six months of his contract in France before being allowed to depart on a free in the summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the Uruguayan’s situation, PSG boss Tuchel joked (via the Daily Mail): “There are worse situations in life than staying at PSG.

“I think he will feel good. He must regain the confidence and the rhythm.

“Edi is here, he’s a great player. We won’t change this group and that’s good.”

With a fee no longer required to sign Cavani in the summer, French outlet L’Equipe believe the Red Devils will flex their financial muscle in the summer to seduce the star.

 

The player is expected to be offered a two-year deal by the club, as well as a significant signing-on fee, in the absence of United having to pay a transfer fee for a man who has netted 351 career goals over 571 appearances and has 198 in 292 games for PSG.

And United’s hopes of securing the deal could be given a further lift by the reported appointment of Antero Henrique as their sporting directorHenrique was the man responsible for bringing Cavani to PSG fro Napoli back in 2013 and is thought to have a good relationship with his agent.

Meanwhile, Man Utd have narrowed their January striker search down to one, with last-gasp talks currently ongoing to beat the clock.

 

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