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Real Madrid Open To A January Move For This Veteran Forward: What Will He Add To Ancelotti’s Side?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Mundo Deportivo stated that Real Madrid are open to a January move for Edinson Cavani. It is understood that Los Blancos are eyeing a move for the Uruguay international when the transfer window reopens at the start of next year.

Cavani’s Recent Career At Old Trafford

The 34-year-old has struggled to earn regular game time at Old Trafford after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. He has only featured in four matches for Man United but is still waiting to open his goal-scoring account for this campaign.

The experienced forward has banged in 17 goals and secured six assists in 43 matches for the Red Devils thus far. Most of the Salto-born sensation’s appearances came off the bench which explains why he could only average 1.3 shots and 0.5 key passes per game in Premier League football last season. However, he distributed possession relatively well after completing 77.4% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Cavani has a wealth of experience at the highest level, so he could be an excellent, short-term signing for Los Blancos if Carlo Ancelotti can devise a way to get him on board during the January transfer period.

Real Madrid open to a January move for Cavani who is seen in the picture
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What Will The Uruguay International Add To Ancelotti’s Side?

Cavani can still do a decent job in top-flight football as long as he is getting regular playing opportunities on the field. He remains a decent finisher in front of the opponent’s goal and can be a potent aerial threat from indirect set-pieces. The South American talent has a good football IQ and could still serve as a decent squad player for a top club like Real Madrid. He is primarily a centre-forward but can even fill in as a left-sided wide player if required.

Recruiting a striker of Cavani’s skillset could be a good move for Los Blancos in the short term. He is good enough to fill in as an ideal backup to Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Plus, the Uruguayan striker knows what it takes to win trophies at the highest level which makes him a perfect fit for the Madrid giants.

Hence, Cavani will be a welcome addition to Ancelotti’s squad this winter. We can expect him to add some goals and physicality to Real Madrid’s attack. At 34, he might still have a couple of years left in him to function at top gear. With all things considered, Ancelotti should think about engineering a cut-price move to sign Cavani in January as he could help Los Blancos compete for the La Liga title this season.

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