Edinson Cavani agrees on personal terms with Manchester United
The 33-year-old is a free agent since his contract at PSG expired at the end of the Ligue 1 season. It now appears that he will become United’s second major arrival of the summer.
Cavani has already agreed to personal terms on a two-year deal. All that remains to be agreed on now is the agent fee around the €10m mark.
Although Cavani is a veteran at 33, he remains a prolific striker capable of stepping up when needed. Moreover, he is un upgrade on Odion Ighalo, who has failed to replicate his fine start at Old Trafford.
The Uruguayan has been on the market for some time now. While he has been linked to both Benfica and Atletico Madrid, the agents’ exorbitant demands have seen a move fail to materialize.
With time running out, it would appear United have bitten the bullet.
While signing Cavani is by no means a bad thing, the move does have a tinge of desperation to it. After all, the player was available all summer only for us to make our move in the dying moments of the window.
Panic or strategy?
The prospect of paying €10m to the agent while haggling with Porto for Alex Telles is bound to raise questions. If Romano is to be believed, the player too will be rewarded handsomely, with more than €10m per season in wages.
Cavani is also not a long-term prospect given his age. In fact, we appear to be paying a small fortune for a stop-gap.
However, to look at the positive side, the Uruguayan could be an excellent mentor to the young talents coming through the club.
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Hopefully, Cavani will not be the only player who will move to Old Trafford before the window closes.
The Uruguayan could prove to be a potentially shrewd purchase. Only time will tell if he will follow in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Radamel Falcao.