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Barcelona plot hard-line January move for Man Utd ace Solskjaer can’t lose

Barcelona are mulling a January raid for Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani, but the Spanish side’s hard-line approach may hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a reprieve.

In direct response to their 5-0 humbling at the hands of Liverpool, Manchester United implemented a formation change. Solskjaer has since deployed a three-man backline, allowing for a more willing runner to partner Cristiano Ronaldo up top.

The change has delivered mixed results so far. United thumped Tottenham prior to Nuno Espirito Santo’s sacking. However, they struggled against Atalanta and were comfortably sunk by Manchester City on Saturday.

But with United having kept just two clean sheets in 16 matches across all competitions this year, the new formation could be here to stay.

If it does, Edinson Cavani will be of critical importance to the system. The Uruguayan’s willingness to press opposition defenders has been praised. Furthermore, he already appears to have developed a promising understanding with Ronaldo in their limited outings together thus far.

However, Cavani is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. Reports have suggested he will move on at the end of the season, with a return to South America to link up with Boca Juniors a distinct possibility.

Another potential landing spot is Barcelona. The Spanish giant are on the lookout for immediate reinforcements for their under-strength forward line.

Martin Braithwaite is sidelined with a serious knee injury. Furthermore, Sergio Aguero will miss a minimum of three months after being diagnosed with a heart problem.

And according to Sport Witness, Cavani has been installed as an option for new manager Xavi.

However, the club’s perilous financial situation will see them insist on the absence of a fee in any potential move. Predictably, United aren’t on board with that narrative, with the article stating they would ‘demand a fee’ before sanctioning a January exit.

Whether Barcelona would therefore be targeting a loan deal, or the signing of a pre-contract agreement ahead of a free agent swoop next summer is unstated.

Nevertheless, we suspect United and especially Solskjaer will be extremely reluctant to let…

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