Edinson Cavani highlighted as Xavi’s Barcelona option and other Manchester United transfer report.

As Xavi settles into the Barcelona dugout after succeeding Ronald Koeman, the former World Cup winner has been linked with a number of names ahead of the January transfer window and the latest one is Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani.

Sergio Aguero will spend at least three months on the sidelines after undergoing cardiology scans after complaining about chest discomfort against Alaves last month.

Martin Braithwaite is another striking option facing a spell away from the action through injury leaving Barca depleted in front as they look to salvage a season already destined for disappointment.

With the window emerging and the Camp Nou striking crisis growing worse, Marca have reported that the Uruguayan striker is a name that could be on their hitlist.

But with their current financial situation, their attempts to sign the striker could be on a temporary basis as Joan Laporta promised up to three signings.

Cavani netted his first goal this season in an impressive win over Spurs but soon suffered an injury of his own, suffering from tendonitis which kept him out of the run-in for Uruguay selection.

Meanwhile, there are multiple reports linking AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie with a move to Old Trafford.

He is already in demand, with the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal touted with his services, as the 24-year-old edges towards the expiration of his contract in Italy.

Manchester United’s pursuit of a midfielder is no secret, with the likes of Declan Rice and Aurelien Tchouameni linked with moves, but Sky Italy and Fichajes have sounded out Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side as a potential destination as he is due to be a free agent in the summer.

Kessie and AC Milan are said to be at loggerheads in their contract negotiations with the Italian outfit offering between €6-6.5m per season whilst the Ivorian is looking for wages in the region of €9m.

The interest from United is said to “delight” the midfielder who “remain in the race” for his services, as per the report.


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