Well, that was quick. Less than an hour after the rumors heated up, Edinson Cavani will not be joining Barcelona from Manchester United, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Edinson Cavani will not join Barcelona. He’s not leaving Manchester United in the final hours of the market, confirmed by all parties involved. #MUFC #FCB #DeadlineDay— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
Barça were looking for an experienced striker in the last day of the transfer window and the Cavani deal seemed like a great opporunity to sign a proven goalscorer as insurance in case Sergio Agüero struggles with injury all season, but convincing Manchester United to sell him at a discount was always going to be difficult.
It also doesn’t make sense for United to let Cavani go even with Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival. Cavani adds depth and was really good for them last season, and they’ll need every help they can get as they try to compete in a stacked Premier League title race.
Barça are unlikely to go for anyone else with just over 10 hours left in the window (as of this writing), so Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Agüero will be the strikers for the season. Yay?