Man Utd double down on Edinson Cavani stance as star makes Barcelona feelings clear

Ralf Rangnick reflects on Wolves defeat

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Manchester United are insisting that Edinson Cavani will be going nowhere despite interest in his services from Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has limited the striker’s game-time, who would be open to leaving in the current transfer window.

Cavani will not be allowed to leave this month for Barcelona after United doubled down on their stance to keep hold of the forward.

The Blaugrana have been in the market for a new striker after Sergio Aguero retired through health problems late last year.

Several players are on their radar with club president Joan Laporta aiming high with Erling Haaland and Alvaro Morata in his sights.

But Cavani is seen as a more realistic arrival, though United are not budging on their stance and are not interested in releasing him.

According to Marca, via Sport Witness, Ralf Rangnick believes the Uruguay international still has a large part to play for the Red Devils until the end of the season.

It backs up United’s earlier position in the summer transfer window when they refused to entertain any offers for the veteran frontman.

Cavani would be happy to move to Barcelona but he may have to wait until his contract expires, which is at the end of the season.

It means he is free to speak to the Nou Camp outfit over a pre-contract agreement but will have to wait until the summer before being allowed to join.

Barcelona boss Xavi would rather have the former Paris Saint-Germain star now with Los Cules gunning down a top-four spot.

They currently sit fifth in the table after a difficult campaign where they lost Lionel Messi through financial problems.

Despite their economic situation, Laporta is desperate to sign new players for Xavi and forked out £55m for Ferran Torres from Manchester City.

Cavani has not had the same impact as he did at Old Trafford last year this season round – largely due to the arrival of Ronaldo.

Injuries have not been kind to the 34-year-old, who started just twice in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but has been utilised more by Rangnick.

He started both games against Burnley and Wolves and was brought on at half-time vs Newcastle, where he scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw.

Barcelona are not the only club interested in Cavani’s services and a return to South America has also been mooted.

Boca Juniors were keen last summer only for the ex-Napoli ace to pen a new one-year deal at Old Trafford instead.

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