As Sportsmail revealed first, talks advanced quickly on Saturday and the Uruguay international striker completed a medical on Sunday. The 33-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal on wages of around £210,000-per-week after tax.
United turned to Cavani at the culmination of what has proved another testing transfer window.
Man United have completed the signing of free agent Edinson Cavani on a two-year deal
The 33-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal worth £210,000-per-week
Cavani 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.’
Cavani’s arrival is a boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has endured a frustrating window
The Red Devils had been strongly linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, although the Bundesliga side’s price tag of £108m for the winger proved beyond United in this window.
Solskjaer added: ‘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.’
The club are also said to be close to landing another highly-rated young winger, Facundo Pellistri.
United have been unable to meet Dortmund’s £108m price tag for No 1 target Jadon Sancho
The 18-year-old Uruguayan will cost £10million from Penarol. He was recommended to United by his former coach Diego Forlan but had been destined to join Lyon up until this week.
Yet such signings may still fall short of sating the thirst of United supporters who have been demanding big name arrivals. Sunday’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur has put extra pressure on the club to bring in fresh faces before the window shuts at 11pm tonight.
United signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax for £35m in August and expected to deliver either Sancho or Jack Grealish as well as cover at left-back and striker. Implications from the coronavirus pandemic though meant they have had to restructure bids and consequently their transfer strategy.
The club said in May that covid had cost them £28m but the ramifications are expected to be far greater when executive vice chairman Ed Woodward talks to investors next week.
Sunday’s 6-1 defeat to Spurs has put extra pressure on the club to bring in new signings today
Under-fire chief Ed Woodward has been the target of United fans’ frustrations this summer
United’s predicament has also been hindered by their struggle to sell some of their squad.
Full-back Diogo Dalot joined AC Milan on Saturday on an initial loan and followed the departure of Andreas Pereira to Lazio. Again on loan with an option to become £24m.
Chris Smalling remains frustrated that the club has been able to find accord with Roma for his departure while Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero have also yet to be found clubs. Indeed the latter has still to return from Argentina.
Defender Phil Jones is only just recovering from knee surgery so will also remain beyond the deadline.
Woodward and Solskjaer have had concerns that Cavani is another Radamel Falcao allayed
United are expected to announce the signing of Alex Telles after the Premier League club reached an agreement with Porto over an £18m fee. A £3m compensation deal is also close to being finalised for 16-year-old Sochaux defensive prospect Willy Kambwala.
For many sceptics, Cavani will have the same ring to his name as a Radamel Falcao or Alexis Sanchez, both viewed as expensive and underwhelming flops.
For that reason, Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted to understand his character and underlined their hopes for his role during talks held on Sunday.
United are also expected to announce the signing of Porto left back Alex Telles for £18m
But those close to the Uruguayan insist that is unnecessary. They point to how he had little time for selfish behaviour in Paris Saint Germain’s star-studded dressing room and believe he will have a positive impact on United’s relatively young squad, instilling values that have been lost on some of Solskjaer’s charges.
United tried previously to sign Cavani during David Moyes’ tenure as manager in 2014. He remains fit and lean and scored a phenomenal 200 goals in 301 appearances for PSG on top of 50 international goals in 116 appearances for Uruguay.
He left Paris still believing he had something to prove and will now get that opportunity in the Premier League, sweetened by the prospect of a return to Le Parc des Princes on October 20 to face his former club in the Champions League.