Man Utd agree to Edinson Cavani’s £20m demand to secure free transfer

Manchester United have agreed to pay Edinson Cavani £20million to fire their Premier League challenge.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are understood to have agreed a deal with the former Paris-Saint Germain striker with transfer deadline day fast approaching.

United turned to the 33-year-old having been frustrated in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, with the Red Devils unwilling to meet Borussia Dortmund's £108m price tag for the winger.

Solskjaer's side are expected to renew their interest in 20-year-old Sancho next summer – but in the meantime will draft in the hugely experienced Cavani to spearhead their silverware quest this season.

High-level sources at United confirmed on Saturday that talks with Cavani have gone well, and he is set to sign a two-year contract worth £200,000-a-week.

Cavani is a free agent after his contract at PSG expired – and while his wage demands proved too much for other potential suitors Atletico and Benfica, United look set to splash out.

The club will hope he proves more of a success than Alexis Sanchez, who flopped after signing a huge contract with United in 2018 worth a reported£450,000-per week.

Cavani won six French titles in seven years in Paris, scoring 200 goals in 301 games for PSG.

The Uruguay international also fired 104 goals in 138 appearances for Napoli before making the switch to France in 2013.

United's swoop for Cavani comes with the Red Devils desperately seeking attacking reinforcements ahead of the transfer window closing on Monday.

The club are thought to have initially turned to Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele as an alternative to Sancho.

It is understood United's bid to take Dembele on loan was rejected, but Barca were willing to sell the France international for a cut-price £60million.

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The decision to sign Cavani on a two-year deal suggests United are buying time before returning to Dortmund with another bid for Sancho next summer.

Alongside successful spells with PSG and Napoli, Cavani helped Uruguay win the Copa America during an international career that has seen him earn 116 caps.

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