May 15, 2021

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Edinson Cavani recalls Man United interest in 2010 before Napoli transfer

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Edinson Cavani has admitted there were several clubs interested his signature in 2010 and Manchester United may have been one.

The Uruguayan striker joined Napoli from Palmero after an impressive World Cup in South Africa where he netted once as his country reached the semi-finals of the competition.

Manchester United were reportedly one of several teams interested in acquiring his services but Cavani stayed in Italy with Napoli, before moving to Paris Saint-Germain and then United.

“(Smiles) Just imagine it! I can’t remember exactly what happened,” he told ManUtd.com when asked if he could have joined United at an earlier age.

“I do remember there was talk about one or two different teams – but hey, if I’d had that opportunity, I would have taken it, of course I would, without giving it a second thought.

“I don’t remember definitively if that was the case. But what I do remember is that I was due to travel to the World Cup in South Africa, and during that tournament, I had a conversation with Napoli.

“And well, I told them if they had faith in me and wanted me to go there, trust and confidence are worth a lot to me, so I made my decision and after Palermo I made the move to Napoli.”

Growing up in Salto, Uruguay, Cavani explained how he would watch United on TV as a youngster, with English and Italian football dominated the broadcast schedule over the weekends.

“Yes, just at that time when I was still quite young,” he explained.

“Although we didn’t watch the football all week, as I don’t think there was as much on the TV as there is nowadays, with three games a week on sometimes. But it was the weekends when we really lived and breathed football.

“Friday, Saturday and Sunday, especially so on Saturday and Sunday. It was all about getting up in the morning and the first thing that you heard on the TV was the footy.

“If it wasn’t our own league, it was the English football because there was a lot of coverage of the Premier League in South America. That was the time when United were doing so, so well. That was their heyday. They were going well and winning trophies and so on.

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“It wasn’t just all about sitting there watching the football. You were aware that it was on the telly, with English and Italian football featuring most, so football was in the air! We weren’t just glued to the television set, though. No, I’d be off out to play football, all the time, to play outside.

“But I realised that all the matches were on the TV, and that at night there’d be all the highlights of the weekend’s fixtures. And so, that’s when I’d watch it a bit more.”

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