Manchester United may spring several surprises in the transfer market to solve their problems sooner rather than later…
Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles are expected to be confirmed as Man United players by the end of Deadline Day while the Red Devils remain locked in negotiations with Barcelona over a loan move for Ousmane Dembele.
According to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Red Devils will complete the signing of the ex-Paris Saint-Germain striker on a free transfer later today.
It is claimed that the club believe Cavani, 33, can replicate the recent success of his former teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
After arriving at Old Trafford from the Parc des Princes in 2016, Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals in 53 games across all competitions, winning the Europa League and League Cup along the way, via Transfermarkt.
Following a falling out with Neymar, Cavani, the 116-cap Uruguay international, has been out of contract ever since he left PSG, but he feels he still has more to give to European football.
As far as United are concerned, the board believe that Cavani can become a leader in the dressing room, and he is reportedly ready to receive a two-year deal with wages worth £210,000-a-week.
For every Ibrahimovic, there has been a Radamel Falcao, which suggests United should tread very carefully indeed.
Despite the fact he hasn’t played since March, the Uruguayan will still find himself in line with Marcus Rashford’s salary, which will certainly raise some eyebrows.
Cavani only managed to score four goals and supply one assist in 14 games in Ligue 1 last term, taking two shots, whilst completing fewer than one key pass and one dribble per game, via WhoScored.
And the 89-cap Colombia international could only muster the same amount of goals in his one-and-only season at Old Trafford.
However, Falcao was 29 at the time of his arrival and had only just recovered from rupturing his ACL, while Cavani has recently spent a significant amount of time on the bench, making seven appearances as a substitute.
Contrary to popular belief, Solskjaer’s problems lie at the bottom of the pitch, rather than at the top.
Victor Lindelof has never looked particularly convincing alongside Harry Maguire while the club captain has hardly done himself any favours whatsoever after a string of errors during the 6-1 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
It seems as though the money may have been better spent on a new centre-back to partner Maguire instead and it is safe to say that Solskjaer is hardly short of options in attack as Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood can all play centrally if called upon.
And that’s without even mentioning Odion Ighalo, although perhaps the least said about him, the better!
Even so, Cavani seems to contradict all of the recent signings United have made so far, like Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek, who have fallen within the 23-38 age bracket.
AND in other news, Manchester United signing Alex Telles won’t solve all of Solskjaer’s problems…