Made for Manchester! United seal signing of Edinson Cavani as free agent puts pen to paper on two-year deal worth £210,000-per-week… and Uruguayan is handed club’s legendary No 7 shirt
As Sportsmail revealed first, talks advanced quickly on Saturday and the Uruguay international striker completed a medical on Sunday. The 33-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal on wages of around £210,000-per-week after tax.
United turned to Cavani at the culmination of what has proved another testing transfer window.
Man United have completed the signing of free agent Edinson Cavani on a two-year deal
The 33-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal worth £210,000-per-week
The Red Devils have been strongly linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, although the Bundesliga side’s price tag of £108m for the winger has proved beyond United thus far.
The club are also said to be close to landing another highly-rated young winger, Facundo Pellistri.
The 18-year-old Uruguayan will cost £10million from Penarol. He was recommended to United by his former coach Diego Forlan but had been destined to join Lyon up until this week.
Cavani’s arrival is a boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has endured a frustrating window
United have been unable to meet Dortmund’s £108m price tag for No 1 target Jadon Sancho
Yet such signings may still fall short of sating the thirst of United supporters who have been demanding big name arrivals. Sunday’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur has put extra pressure on the club to bring in fresh faces before the window shuts at 11pm tonight.
United signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £35m in August and expected to deliver either Sancho or Jack Grealish as well as cover at left-back and striker. Implications from the coronavirus pandemic though meant they have had to restructure bids and consequently their transfer strategy.
The club said in May that covid had cost them £28m but the ramifications are expected to be far greater when executive vice chairman Ed Woodward talks to investors next week.
Sunday’s 6-1 defeat to Spurs has put extra pressure on the club to bring in new signings today
Under-fire chief Ed Woodward has been the target of United fans’ frustrations this summer
United’s predicament has also been hindered by their struggle to sell some of their squad.
Full-back Diogo Dalot joined AC Milan on Saturday on an initial loan and followed the departure of Andreas Pereira to Lazio. Again on loan with an option to become £24m.
Chris Smalling remains frustrated that the club has been able to find accord with Roma for his departure while Marcos Rojo…