In what can be termed as a late move by United, Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani has joined Manchester United as a free agent.
The 33-year old who was a free agent, after his contract with French Champions Paris-Saint Germain expired, signs for The Red Devils for a one-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months and is expected to wear the club’s iconic number seven shirt.
However, his signing will be a huge boost for United as an experienced striker who has played in the big stages and will be a cover up for Nigerian international Odion Ighalo whose current loan extension ends in January.
Cavani, who has won the Golden Boot in both Ligue 1 and Serie A, has scored 341 goals at club level since moving to Europe in 2007, including 35 in the UEFA Champions League. The forward won six league titles with Paris Saint-Germain and, with 200 goals, is their all-time leading scorer. Internationally, Cavani won the Copa America in 2011 and has found the net 50 times in 116 appearances for Uruguay.
The former Napoli striker spoke to United after the completion of his transfer, said;
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.
Also reacting to his transfer was Manchester United’s boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“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.
“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.