Man Utd ‘must pay Cavani penalty fee’ if they opt against contract extension

Manchester United will reportedly have to pay Edinson Cavani a 'penalty fee' if they choose not to extend his contract this summer.

The Uruguayan signed a one-year contract with the club back in October, with United holding the option of adding a further year.

Cavani has been a superb addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad, and it is expected he will be kept on beyond the current campaign.

However, United have been linked with signing a striker as one of two positions Solskjaer is prioritising in the upcoming transfer window.

If they succeed in landing Erling Haaland, or another target, that could put veteran Cavani's place in the squad in doubt.

But according to ESPN , even if United opt against retaining the 34-year-old's services, he would still be due a termination package to the tune of €2million (£1.7m).

Cavani is able to end his stint at United himself if he wishes, but the release clause is only due if the club end their association.

Solskjaer revealed earlier this month he plans to hold talks with Cavani to discuss his future.

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“I will sit down with him at the end of the season,” Solskjaer said.

“We will have a discussion with Edinson and between ourselves at the club. But I have to say that what he’s done [here] has been very positive."

Cavani – who has scored seven goals in 24 appearances so far – is keen to stay put at United and has recently moved his family into a rented house nearby in Cheshire.

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Argentinian side Boca Juniors are interested in taking him back to South America to finish his career – something Cavani has previously admitted is part of his plans.

However, he is not thinking about his swansong just yet, as he aims to eke out as much time playing in Europe as he can before moving back towards his homeland.

The former PSG star is currently out injured but is hopeful of making a return for United's clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

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