Manchester United have, after all these years, finally succeeded in signing Edinson Cavani. The Paris Saint-Germain icon’s move to Old Trafford was confirmed on transfer deadline day. And it comes seven years after Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly tried to bring the Uruguay international to the Premier League on the behalf of David Moyes.
Manchester United took action late on transfer deadline day.
Having spent the whole summer trying and failing to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, the Red Devils eventually ended up signing Cavani instead.
It is a divisive move. Some supporters feel the club have done the right thing, landing a player who scored 200 goals from 301 appearances during a glittering seven-year spell in France.
After all, the last free agent United signed from PSG wasn’t bad. Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged 28 goals during his only full season at the club and, had injury not cruelly struck, would have scored even more.
Others, however, aren’t so sold.
Cavani, at 33, seems to be a player with his best years behind him rather than ahead. That’s despite him hammering home his motivation to succeed, saying after his arrival: “Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here.
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“I’ve worked really hard during the time off and I feel eager to compete and represent this incredible club.
“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.”
This time, United have succeeded. But, in the summer transfer window of 2014, Ferguson reportedly tried to get Cavani to join the club on behalf of David Moyes.
According to a report from the Daily Mail at the time, the Scot picked up the phone to enquire to PSG boss Laurent Blanc, a former player of his.
Unfortunately for both himself and Moyes, Blanc insisted the striker wasn’t for sale. He had only joined a year previously but he was seen as vital to their future.
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The Frenchman wasn’t wrong.
Moyes was in charge at the time but was said to be ‘comfortable’ with Ferguson’s presence behind the scenes.
The Scot felt Cavani would have been a great signing for United at the time but he’d failed to land the striker, instead choosing to prioritise midfielders and a new left-back.
In the end, Moyes was sacked in 2014.
But Cavani is now in the Premier League and determined to be an Old Trafford hit. He’s certainly got the backing of new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said: “Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team,” said the Norwegian.
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“His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic and we are delighted to sign a player of his calibre.
“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.”
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