Real Madrid bosses spent much of the summer window trying to sign Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe, only to see three huge bids rejected
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is preparing a January move for Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports.
Cavani is just in his second season in English football, but it looks likely to be his last after intense negotiations over a new deal earlier this year.
The Uruguayan initially arrived on a one-year deal in the summer of 2020 and became a vital cog in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
However, suggestions of homesickness plagued the campaign, with Cavani’s father claiming his son would likely return to South America to be closer to his family.
United ultimately managed to retain the forward, extending his contract for another 12 months.
But his involvement has been limited this time around, with a combination of an extended summer break and injuries restricting him to just 62 minutes.
Of course, another obstacle was placed in front of Cavani and regular opportunities at Old Trafford in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar’s arrival was a shock development late on in the window and there is a belief that it wasn’t necessarily on the radar when Cavani signed his new deal.
Colombian news outlet El Nacional claim that Real Madrid enquired about signing Cavani during the most recent transfer window, only for Carlo Ancelotti to block the move.
Madrid then focused their attention on attempting to lure Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu, launching three separate bids.
The Ligue 1 outfit remained steadfast in their determination to keep him however and will now attempt to tie him to a new deal.
If that is unsuccessful, it is widely expected that Los Blancos will enter negotiations with the World Cup winner in the hope of securing him to a pre-contract agreement – ready to join when his contract expires next summer.
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Meanwhile, Perez is hoping to snag Cavani for the second half of the season, with the Spanish giants still finding their feet this term.
Ancelotti’s side are top of the league in Spain, but their humiliating Champions League defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol has heightened their desire to add more firepower.
Cavani made a huge impact in United’s dramatic victory over Villarreal in midweek, coming off the bench and providing a focal point that had been sorely lacking prior to his introduction.
Despite his lack of minutes this season, Solskjaer has hinted that he could yet deploy Cavani and Ronaldo as a fearsome front two.
“It’s exciting to see them two together,” he said last week. “I’m sure that’ll be a good partnership as well, wanting to be on the end of things.
“We’ve seen some teams dropping deeper against us, not giving us as much space in behind and that’s definitely two boys you’d like to have around the goal when that’s the scenario. I can see them working well together.”