The big reason Manchester United are not pursuing Cristiano Ronaldo right now is due to Edinson Cavani.
And it’s worth asking, in the little window left, does United support the right horse?
In a situation where Cavani is fit and fired and fully committed, the Uruguayan is fully worth his place in United.
Cavani has been the top number seven at United since Ronaldo left in 2009 and he has only been at the club for one season.
Cavani is strongly committed to Uruguay and there are problems along the way. As it stands, he is set to be blocked from playing for them in the upcoming World Cup qualifier.
The Premier League announced earlier this week at the instigation of all clubs that players from ‘red list countries’ including Uruguay will be excluded from the upcoming internationals.
Cavani would miss three international matches, which for Manchester United, who pay his salary, is preferable to the fact that he is missing two Premier League matches and one Champions League match, as he is quarantined when he returns.
The same charade would happen in October, when Cavani would miss Manchester United against Liverpool if he had to travel.
Cavani is not happy and expresses astonishment on social media over the Premier League decision.
Now a report from the Uruguayan outlet Sport890 quotes the Uruguayan FA president Ignacio Alonso, who says: “Tomorrow we will prepare the list of all the players. The tickets have already been issued. I talked to Cavani and I believe the solution will come. ”
Wanting to play for his country is no crime, and Cavani is understandably torn.
But from Manchester United’s perspective, it is perfectly justifiable to want to protect our own interests. Unless the government is able to drastically reduce or eliminate quarantine time for the players, then Cavani and United are on a collision course.
Switch Cavani to Ronaldo?
One solution to all this while the transfer window is open is for Manchester United to call Juventus.
If United can sign a swap deal with Cavani and Ronaldo, everyone is left as a winner.
Ronaldo could sign for United and avoid ruining his legacy at Old Trafford and regaining his number seven jersey.
Juventus would get a top striker to replace Ronaldo.
Cavani could sign for one of Italy’s best clubs and he would not face the same bureaucracy that limited him from international duty, as Serie A did not take the same position as the Premier League.
And City would be left with no one. It seems almost too perfect.
Offers like this are not easy to pull off, let alone with under a week to go.
But this would solve two questions. Cavani seems ‘half inside’ as opposed to being totally committed to United. And no one wants to see Ronaldo in a city jersey.
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