Edinson Cavani's time at Manchester United is coming to an end regardless of what happens within the next few months. The former Paris Saint-Germain striker signed a two-year deal in the summer of 2020, which will expire at the end of this season but clubs are seeking his signature much earlier.
In reality, given the contract ending very soon, there is no need for United to get rid of him. His form always looks on top compared to others, while his experience and work rate can be wonders within itself with United now into the knockout rounds of the Champions League and the FA Cup looming in the midst of a top four battle.
Nevertheless, injuries and a lack of game time with Cristiano Ronaldo starting every league game could force Cavani's hand, despite United's need to keep him. Barcelona are the side now leading the way with Sergio Aguero announcing his retirement and Antoin Griezmann back at Atletico Madrid, leaving goalscoring responsibility weighing heavily on wingers like Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay.
At the same time, Barcelona's budget is basically non-existent and heading for a man on a cheaper deal like Cavani is likely their only route to getting somebody in during January.
The Edinson Cavani transfer odds to Barcelona now sit at 1/2 having previously been as low as 1/4. Now, with Aguero gone and the need for Xavi to get some goals from somewhere on such a low budget, a move for Cavani makes complete sense for everyone.