Manchester United have sealed their second deadline day signing with the capture of former Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani on a free transfer.
The Uruguayan international arrives to bolster the Red Devils’ attacking options following his departure from the French champions this summer, Cavani leaving PSG as the club’s all-time record goalscorer following a prolific seven-year stint with the Parisians.
The 33-year-old arrives with a formidable reputation having scored 200 goals in just 301 appearances during his time with the Ligue 1 outfit, and will compete with Anthony Martial for a place as Manchester United‘s attacking focal point.
Cavani had been linked with the likes of Atletico Madrid and Benfica throughout the transfer window but a move to either club failed to materialise, United adding the veteran forward to their ranks alongside the earlier confirmed capture of Porto left-back Alex Telles.
The forward will add some much-needed experience and depth to a developing frontline following his exploits for both club and country, Cavani having won six league titles during a glittering career with PSG, with Odion Ighalo’s loan deal set to expire in January.
Speaking to the official club website, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke of his delight at the signing of a proven performer on a free transfer: “Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team. His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic and we are delighted to sign a player of his calibre.
Edinson Cavani’s league goals since joining Napoli:
🇮🇹 10/11 — 26
🇮🇹 11/12 — 23
🇮🇹 12/13 — 29
🇫🇷 13/14 — 16
🇫🇷 14/15 — 18
🇫🇷 15/16 — 19
🇫🇷 16/17 — 35
🇫🇷 17/18 — 28
🇫🇷 18/19 — 18
🇫🇷 19/20 — 4 [only 7 starts]
One of the most natural goal scorers in the world. 🌎 pic.twitter.com/iPzRiaAXdU
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) October 5, 2020
“He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality to the squad but, most importantly, he’ll bring goals. He has had a brilliant career so far, winning trophies at almost every club he has played for, and he still has so much more to give at the highest level.
“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.
“Edinson knows exactly what it takes to succeed and we are all looking forward to seeing him make an impact at Manchester United.”
The 33-year-old has bee prolific throughout his career, and he revealed that a conversation with Solskjaer further strengthened his desire to move to Old Trafford.
“Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here. I’ve worked really hard during the time off and I feel eager to compete and represent this incredible club.
“I have played in front of some of the most passionate supporters in football during my career and I know that it will be the same in Manchester. I cannot wait to experience the Old Trafford atmosphere, when it is safe for the fans to return.
“I look forward to continuing to write my little story inside the book of football and I know that’s why my focus has to remain the same as always – work, work, work. I have had a conversation with the manager and this has increased my desire to wear this beautiful shirt.”
Cavani will come up against his former side PSG in the Champions League group stages when the competition gets underway later this month.