Manchester United are looking at free agent Edison Cavani as a serious option to bolster their squad, though the striker’s contract demands could prove a stumbling block.
There remains a number of glaring holes in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, with the club still hoping to bring in a right winger, left-back and striker.
Reports emerged earlier this week that United had reached out to Cavani’s camp to discuss a potential deal, with the Uruguayan available on a free after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
According to The Athletic, the 33-year-old is very much an option being considered but he may have to change his contract demands if he is to land a move to Old Trafford.
Cavani has made it clear that he wants a ‘big contract’ of at least two years or more, meaning he would be 35 by the time the deal runs out.
United have had their fingers burnt in the past by handing hefty contracts to ageing players, notably Alexis Sanchez, and there will likely be a degree of scepticism about agreeing to Cavani’s demands among the club’s hierarchy.
Fortunately United have plenty of time to consider their options before making a decision over the former PSG striker, with a deal able to be done after Monday’s deadline as he is a free agent.
United are not the only club interested in Cavani, though, with Atletico Madrid keen to reunite the forward with compatriot Luis Suarez if they can find a buyer for Diego Costa.
Cavani enjoyed seven very prolific and successful years in Paris, scoring 200 goals in 301 matches in all competitions and lifting the Ligue 1 title six times, though he has not played a competitive match of football since February.
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