Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has given the green light to sign Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani on a free transfer, Spanish outlet Fichajes claims.
The Uruguay international has had an injury-plagued second season at United, netting just two goals from 761 minutes of first-team action.
He is currently sidelined with a calf problem sustained on international duty, and may have already played his final game for the club.
The 35-year-old is set to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires on June 30. He is likely to prefer a move to Spain this summer.
Amidst this, it is reported that Madrid are prepared to offer Cavani a short-term contract if they fail to land Erling Braut Haaland.
Ancelotti has given the go-ahead for the Bosman move, but the Uruguayan will have to accept a ‘bench role’ with the La Liga giants.
Cavani has struggled with multiple injuries over the past two-and-a-half seasons. This had reduced his playing time as well as productivity in front of goal.
He had a good debut season at United with 17 goals to his name. This paved the way for an improved 12-month deal, but the decision has not proved worthwhile.
Cavani’s game time was expected to be reduced by Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming, but the Uruguayan has also failed to remain fit over a certain period of time.
Hence, it is a no-brainer for United to end his association with him. A change of surroundings this summer could bring about a reversal in fortunes.
The experienced marksman harbours the ambition of playing in La Liga, but it remains to be seen whether he accepts a deputy role behind Karim Benzema.
Cavani’s move to Madrid is seemingly dependent on their failure to sign Haaland. However, the club also have Kylian Mbappe on their radar.
With the Frenchman possibly available on a free transfer this summer, it raises questions why they would require the services of Cavani.
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