Cavani urged to leave CR7's 'spotlight'

English Premier League

Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani has been urged to join FC Barcelona in the January transfer window in order to escape Cristiano Ronaldo's "spotlight" at Old Trafford. 

The Uruguay forward has often been linked with a move to the Catalan giants since the Portuguese striker rejoined the Red Devils in August. 

Despite interest in Cavani from the Blaugrana before the previous transfer window closed, a deal was not agreed, with reports suggesting that previous United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unwilling to part ways with the 34-year-old.  

However, new interim manager Ralf Rangnick recently issued a warning to those players who might be considering making an exit from Old Trafford, insisting that he will not attempt to change their minds about leaving the club.  

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Cavani was an integral part of Solskjaer's side in the 2020/21 campaign, contributing towards 23 goals, but has seen a dramatic decline in first-team action this season following Ronaldo's return to United.

Dimitar Berbatov, who played with Ronaldo during the Portugal captain's first spell with the English giants, has now urged the South American to leave for Barca if the opportunity comes around again.

"Despite a good season last time out, Cavani hasn't played enough," the Bulgarian told Betfair.

"When someone like Ronaldo comes into the club, he takes all the spotlight, he plays every game, and in the world of football this happens. 

"It's not a fair situation because Cavani did so well for the team last season, he earned a new deal, but Ronaldo has taken his place in the team. It's not fair but this happens in football. 

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"If there's a chance for Cavani to leave the club, if there is an offer from Barcelona, then of course he will be thinking about taking it to get more football, and if he will get more game time in La Liga then I will support him and say: 'Go there and play, it sounds like a great deal, great money and you're not 24 anymore.'

"Barcelona need a striker, and it all depends on what Xavi wants from his team and how he is going to play, but they are short on power up front. 

"I can see Cavani going there, not playing every single game, but he will be a solid addition and will provide goals because that's what he does wherever he goes. 

"Hopefully, Cavani will have the full details about Barca, how they train, how they prepare and what they expect from him and then he will make a decision. 

"Whatever it is, Barca is Barca, and when they come asking for you, of course it's difficult to say no. With Cavani not playing at United, it's an easy decision."

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