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Edinson Cavani Signs Manchester United Contract on Free Transfer After PSG Exit

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2020

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, PSG's Edinson Cavani adjust his headband during the French League One soccer match between Paris-Saint-Germain and Dijon, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Manchester United bolstered its attacking options by signing free agent Edinson Cavani before the extended summer transfer window closed on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. The 33-year-old striker scored 200 goals in 301 games during seven years at Paris Saint-Germain but he left at the end of his contract in June. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
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Manchester United announced Monday the signing of former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani on a free transfer just hours ahead of the evening's transfer deadline:

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Cavani, 33, became a free agent over the summer after a seven-year stint with the Paris club. 

It's been a busy day for United, with the club also reportedly securing a €40 million transfer million for Atalanta's 18-year-old winger Amad Diallo Traore, per Laurie Whitwell of The Athletic, and a €17 million transfer for Porto left-back Alex Telles, per Charlotte Duncker of Goal. 

As for Cavani, on Sunday, Rob Dawson of ESPN provided more details on his addition:

"United turned down the chance to sign Cavani in January after being put off by his wage demands of £360,000-a-week. After leaving Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, the striker has been offered to every major club in Europe before United stepped up their interest last week.

"Sources have told ESPN his wages will be significantly lower than his demands in January and the agent fees involved in the deal will be lower than €10m."

While Cavani is no longer in his prime or the player who posted 35 goals in league play during the 2016-17 season and 28 league goals in 2017-18, he'll provide solid depth at the striker position for Man United.

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Cavani released the following statement after officially signing, per Sam France of Goal:

"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."

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Solskjaer on Cavani: "He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality to the squad but most importantly he’ll bring goals. He's had a brilliant career so far, winning trophies at almost every club he's played for, and still has so much more to give." #MUFC

He'll provide both excellent cover for starting No. 9 Anthony Martial and a different type of forward, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer some lineup flexibility with his front line going forward.

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