Man U to sign Edinson Cavani


Manchester United are expected to finalise the signing of Uruguayan forward, Edinson Cavani.

According to ESPN, talks accelerated quickly on Saturday with final discussions scheduled for Sunday morning.

The 33-year-old is keen to move to Old Trafford and could sign an initial one-year deal with an option of another 12 months.

Cavani has already held talks with a number of clubs this summer. The first offer arrived from Benfica, although they weren’t able to pay as much as he would have liked.

Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Juventus also weighed up making a move but, for various reasons, dropped out of the running for his signature.

Juve were the closest to agreeing terms but a disagreement over how long Cavani’s contract would be saw the deal break down.

The Uruguay international scored 200 goals in 301 games for PSG following his move from Napoli in 2013.

Sources have told ESPN that United do not have concerns about Cavani’s age and hope he will be able to have a similar impact to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 17 Premier League goals in 33 games after joining in 2016, and will provide extra cover once Odion Ighalo’s loan ends in January.

United have still not given up hope of landing top target Jadon Sancho before Monday’s transfer deadline but time is running out. The club are also working on alternatives including Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos to ensure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gets the right-winger he wants before the window shuts.

United remain in negotiations with Porto for left-back Alex Telles but have been told by the Portuguese side to up their offer of around €10 million. Porto want nearly double that but United are reluctant to over pay for a player who will be a free agent next summer.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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