Former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is closing in on a move to Villarreal, according to MARCA.

The 35-year-old left Manchester United as a free agent following the expiry of his contract at the end of last month.

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United’s former number 21 has been on the lookout for a new club and it looks like a move to Spain could be his next destination.

El Matador has played in Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Premier League, but it seems like a move to play in La Liga – one of Europe’s other top leagues – is an opportunity he cannot turn down.

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Edinson Cavani closing in on Villarreal move

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The report from MARCA states that the Uruguayan international will join the Yellow Submarine and reunite with Unai Emery once the club has sold Paco Alcacer who is attracting interest from Celta Vigo.

Cavani played under Emery during their time together with Paris Saint Germain.

The former Arsenal manager spent two seasons in the France capital and the pair won six trophies together.

While Cavani has undeniably been one of the best strikers across Europe over the last decade it was under Emery where he produced his best goalscoring form.

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From 98 games played under the Villarreal boss, the 133-time Uruguay international scored a staggering 89 goals and provided a further 20 assists.

Unlike during his time at Old Trafford, Cavani was frequently fit and available to play under the Spaniard.

After scoring 17 goals in his first season with the Red Devils, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer convinced the South American to extend his stay by a further year.

But within a few weeks of the 2021-22 season starting, Manchester United had announced the return of legendary figure Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Not only had Cavani’s place diminished as being the club’s main marksman, but he also handed over his number seven shirt to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Despite Ronaldo returning to the club, Cavani had an injury ravaged second campaign in England which resulted in him making just seven league starts and scoring two goals across all competitions.

With Cavani wanting to be at full fitness for this winter’s World Cup a reunion with his former PSG boss where he produced his best form makes sense.

However, Cavani will not be playing in Europe next season if he does join our 2021 Europa League final conquerors as the La Liga giants finished outside the European places in La Liga next season.

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