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Edinson Cavani does more work for Man Utd off the pitch than on it as he ‘tries to convince Darwin Nunez to make a transfer’

EDINSON Cavani is helping Manchester United find their own replacement by giving a positive reference to Uruguayan transfer target Darwin Núñez.

The veteran striker joined the Old Trafford club in 2020 but will leave when his contract expires in the summer and his international team-mate Nunez – one of the most sought-after strikers in Europe – is believed to be an ideal replacement.

Cavani, 35, has struggled with injuries this season, scoring just twice.

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Cavani, 35, has struggled with injuries this season, scoring just twice.Credit: EPA

The Benfica forward, who has made nine caps for the national team, has scored 32 goals in all competitions this season.

His last was an impressive equalizer for the Portuguese club at Anfield on Wednesday as his side drew 3-3 with Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-final second leg.

Despite his team exiting the competition 6-4 on aggregate, Núñez received praise from opposing manager Jürgen Klopp, who stated the forward “has a great career ahead of him”.

United are one of several clubs currently scouting the 22-year-old for a fee of around £67 that may be required to tempt Benfica into selling their star striker.

United have held talks with Enzo Fernandez, Darwin Nunez's deal has been confirmed
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While United’s defensive struggles have been the focus of much criticism this season, their aging forward line is another area seen as a key one for potential new manager Erik ten Hag.

While Cavani’s 17 goals and overall contribution in his debut season saw his stay extended by 12 months, he has scored just two goals this season after being hampered by a series of injuries.

Future Cristiano Ronaldo is also uncertain as the Portuguese striker is said to be frustrated that the club can’t compete for trophies since arriving from Juventus.

Núñez would bring much-needed youth and speed to United’s forward line, but he has also been linked with rivals Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks.

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The Benfica number 9 made his professional debut with Penarol in his home country in 2017, followed two years later by a £3.4million transfer to Spanish second division side Almeria.

16 goals in 30 games convinced Benfica to part ways with £20m for the youngster in summer 2020.

He scored 6 goals in 19 games in his debut season in Portugal, but his form – and goal tally – has improved dramatically this season, making him one of the most sought-after forwards in world football.

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