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Xavi hails ‘great’ Edinson Cavani as Manchester United striker targets Barcelona transfer


Xavi has hailed Edinson Cavani as a ‘great player’ (Barcelona/Getty)

Xavi has hailed Edinson Cavani as a ‘great player’ but refused to be drawn on Barcelona’s transfer link with the Manchester United forward.

Cavani has made just eight appearances for United this season and is currently sidelined due to a tendon injury, although he is closing in on a return.

The 34-year-old, who was convinced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to extend his stay with United at the end of last season, will be out of contract next summer.

And reports this week have claimed that the Uruguay international is now intent on making the move to Barcelona at the end of the campaign.

Xavi has confirmed that Barcelona are keen to bolster their options but concedes that the club’s financial situation ‘is not great’.

‘The club is trying to strengthen the squad, and if we need to strengthen the squad with players coming in some will have to leave,’ Xavi said on Friday.

Edinson Cavani is keen on joining Barcelona on a free transfer next summer (AFP via Getty)

‘We’ll see what situation we’re in, what we can do, our financial situation is not great so we’ll see how we manage all these things.

‘The club is trying to make somethign work and they are working very hard. But the reality is what it is.

‘I’d rather talk about the players that we have and in case we do get a player in January I’ll talk about perhaps more specific types of players we need in each position and if there’s any players that will adapt to us.

‘I’m not going to talk about names now, I’ll talk about the players we have now and tomorrow’s important game.’

When asked specifically about a move for Cavani, Xavi replied: ‘You didn’t hear what I said before, right? You haven’t been paying attention!

‘I think he’s a good player, but I’d rather talk about the players who are here, who are important, who need the love of the fans and from us as well. But yes, Cavani is a great player.’

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