Barcelona approach Man United striker Edinson Cavani ahead of January transfers

Barcelona contacted Edinson Cavani’s representatives to gauge his interest in leaving Manchester United for Camp Nou during the January transfer window, various sources told ESPN.

Sources said Barcelona would target players who do not play regularly with their clubs, with ESPN earlier reporting that Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling and Chelsea duo Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech were also under surveillance.

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The 34-year-old is under contract with United until the end of 2021-22 but has only made eight appearances this season following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cavani had previously said that he would not rule out playing in the League. However, sources also told ESPN that Cavani plans to consult with the new interim manager of Manchester United, Ralph Rangnick, about his plans for the striker before making any decision.

Barcelona also held talks with Manchester City over the transfer of Spain international Ferran Torres in January, but the fees involved make it difficult to complete a mid-season deal.

Ferran Riverter, Barcelona’s chief executive, has confirmed that the club will be able to sign players in January, despite their ongoing financial situation, but they will have to be smart about how they finance any new arrivals.

Therefore, the priority is to find players who can come in for relatively little expense, ideally on a short-term contract or loan without the obligation to make the move permanent.

At the moment, Barcelona is doing its basic work before the window opens to see which players are available, at reasonable prices, and ready to come to the Camp Nou.

Cavani, 34, may fit what they’re looking for, with sources confirming the Uruguayan striker wants to play more regularly. With Sergio Aguero out indefinitely due to a heart condition, that would be possible in Barcelona.

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