Man Utd: Solskjaer's Cavani wish amid talk over future
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There aren’t many players who have outscored Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic over the years. The duo are both two of the deadliest goalscorers on the planet and, during their spells at Manchester United, excelled. But the Red Devils may be about to sign an even better golden oldie if Cristiano Ronaldo decides to leave Juventus behind.
Manchester United may need a new forward this summer.
It’s looking increasingly like Cavani will leave Old Trafford behind for Boca Juniors, with the 34-year-old reportedly homesick and missing South America.
United still believe Mason Greenwood is too raw to lead the line on a weekly basis, while Anthony Martial has regressed this term after finding the net 23 times last season.
For the Red Devils, they may now have to take action.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself will know how crucial having a deadly striker in his squad will be to his side’s hopes of winning the Premier League title.
And, now, reports in Italy have been claiming Ronaldo could return at the end of the campaign.
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Juventus, like many clubs around Europe, have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis.
And with the Old Lady looking as though they may miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League, Ronaldo may be cut loose.
He earns roughly £28million a year at Juventus, making him one of the best-paid players in world football.
And while United can be forgiven for looking at younger targets, such as Harry Kane and Erling Haaland, Ronaldo may very well appeal.
Ibrahimovic was a good asset to the Red Devils, scoring 29 goals during his 18 months at the club before leaving for LA Galaxy back in 2018.
And Cavani has done well, too, with the Uruguay international scoring 10 goals from 32 appearances across all competitions.
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In Ronaldo, however, United would be signing a world-class upgrade.
Sure, at 36 he’s not going to go on forever. He has more years behind him than ahead, regardless of his ridiculous physical condition.
But Ronaldo would transform this United side, offering them a ruthless edge they so sorely need if they’re to beat Manchester City to the Premier League title this term.
He managed 450 goals from 438 appearances at Real Madrid, propelling Los Blancos to four Champions League trophies in the process.
And Ronaldo has continued to shine in Italy with Juventus. A tally of 97 from 128 appearances is, by all means, remarkable.
The Portugal international would also be an upgrade in the sense that no bedding in period would be required.
He knows all about life at United, having spent six years at the club between 2003 and 2009 – firing them to three straight Premier League titles in the process.
And he knows all about Solskjaer, too. The duo were team-mates for four years before the Norwegian retired back in 2007.
Express Sport were told recently that Ronaldo wasn’t on United’s transfer wishlist.
But that hasn’t stopped the rumours from gathering pace and, if a return happened, it would certainly be a wise move despite him entering the twilight years of his career.
If there are any doubts as to whether Solskjaer would have the forward back, the Norwegian has already hinted he would.
The United manager said earlier in the year he’d love to have Ronaldo at his disposal when naming his six-a-side team.
“Don’t forget I played with Cristiano and he’s the best player in the world — so I wouldn’t mind having him in my team too,” he said.
And he’s also previously stated that Ronaldo was the top player he played alongside during his time in Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.
“Having played with him, I could always see the desire in Cristiano from his early days,” said the Norwegian.
“We would need to guide him once in a while but he always wanted to be the best in the world and would never let anyone come between him and his goal.
“That says a lot about his tough mentality. It’s probably the environment in which he has grown that has made him so hungry for success. He is the best I have played with.”
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