Manchester United seal the deal on deadline day with PSG’s Edinson Cavani
- Uruguayan international signs one-year deal with the club on a reported £200,000 per week
- Cavani will wear the number seven shirt previously worn by five-time Ballon D’or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo
- 33-year-old scored seven goals in all competitions last season
Manchester United left it until the last-minute on deadline day to secure new striker Edinson Cavani.
The former PSG striker has signed on the dotted line agreeing to a one-year contract with the possibility of an extension to the end of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
Cavani’s arrival at United has been questioned by pundits and fans. Since his debut in 2007, Cavani has netted 259 times in 438 games, however, he managed just seven goals in all competitions for PSG last season.
Veteran Premier League manager Harry Redknapp called the transfer a gamble when speaking on Sky Sports News: “The Cavani deal is a difficult one, it’s one of those which could come off or could be a complete failure. I’ve been told his wages are definitely not cheap, if it comes off on a free it will be amazing, but it’s a gamble."
Solsjkaer’s new signing comes to Old Trafford in the hope of supplementing the performance of younger talents Mason Greenwood (19), Marcus Rashford (22) and Anthony Martial (24). The Reds’ boss said: “Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team.”
"The opportunity for our young players to learn from one of Europe's top goalscorers over the last 10 years is fantastic and it will really benefit them going forward.
Fans seem to be reflecting Harry Redknapp’s uncertainty with one die-hard supporter, Dave Freeman, saying: “I’m hopeful, but have a lingering fear we could be in another Falcao situation. South American player of recent haven’t had the best time at United.
“I’m interested by what he has to offer in terms of physicality and he’s obviously smashed goals in left, right and centre for other clubs, but his lack of pace could be his downfall.”