Later News May 01

Solskjaer works his magic on Cavani to convince him to stay; Tuchel set to bin Abraham


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might be well loved by Liverpool fans because they think of him as a bit of a dolt. But with each passing week, the Norwegian continues to prove to them why he should be undeserving of their adulation.

 

Solskjaer already has United lording it over Liverpool in the Premier League table – the Red Devils are currently second, a whopping 13 points ahead of their arch-rivals in sixth.

 

And while Liverpool will finish the season empty-handed, United are edging ever closer to winning the Europa League, with their 6-2 win over Roma in first-leg of the competition’s semi-final yesterday effectively sealing their spot in the final.

 

Now, though, Solskjaer may have just played another blinder, as he has reportedly convinced geriatric striker Edinson Cavani to extend his contract at United for another year.

 

WATCH: Solskjaer says he is doing his best to keep Cavani at United

 

The 34-year-old was influential in United’s comeback win over Roma with two crucial goals – the equaliser, as well as the strike that gave his team the lead – and after the game, Solskjaer publicly confessed his feelings for the Uruguayan in the hope that he would stay at the club.

 

Said Solskjaer: “He knows my feelings, he knows that I would love to have him for another year, we have spoken about it. I understand this year has been very difficult, but I promised him that Old Trafford and Manchester is a different place with fans in the stadium.

 

“I'm doing my best, nights like this [win over Roma] help. Hopefully we can get to the final and hopefully he can see himself being here for another year.

 

“We don't have to sell the club to him. It's about the feeling he gets coming into training every day, the environment we created, the team we are creating that he is a part of.”

 

WATCH: Solskjaer admits United haven't had a player like Cavani for a long time

 

It is understood that Solskjaer’s Love Actually-style confession has touched the heart of Cavani, who had previously thought of leaving United at the end of his one-year deal.

 

But while Cavani is set to stay at United, their European Super League counterparts, Chelsea, look set to part ways with striker Tammy Abraham during the summer.

 

The 23-year-old, who has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, has fallen out of favour at the Blues, with new boss Thomas Tuchel unwilling to count on the England international up front.

 

Abraham has reportedly grown disillusioned with life at Chelsea under Tuchel, having last started a game almost three months ago, on February 20.

 

And really, who can blame Abraham? When you see Timo Werner missing the chances that he has, and still getting picked ahead of you, that is as good an indication as any that your time at the club has come to an end.

 

WATCH: Tammy Abraham's breakthrough season for Chelsea

 

Abraham will have just two years left on his contract at the end of this campaign, and it is understood that Chelsea will be looking to sell him during the summer to boost their transfer coffers.

 

The likes of West Ham United and Aston Villa are believed to be keen on signing Abraham, who is estimated to cost around £40 million (S$74 million).

 

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