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Rio Ferdinand reveals how he tapped up Edinson Cavani before Manchester United transfer

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Rio Ferdinand contacted Edinson Cavani months before he joined Manchester United
Rio Ferdinand contacted Edinson Cavani months before he joined Manchester United (Pictures: YouTube / Getty)

Rio Ferdinand has revealed he contacted Edinson Cavani to ask him to join Manchester United months before his move to Old Trafford.

The Red Devils wrapped up a deal for Uruguay legend Cavani on transfer deadline day, with the 33-year-old striker signing a one-year contract with the Premier League club.

Cavani has scored 341 goals in 556 club matches, including a record 200 in 301 appearances for PSG, who he left in June.

Reacting to Cavani’s move to Manchester United, Red Devils legend Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel: ‘It’s mad because I reached out to Cavani on social media in January.

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‘I used to do it as player and get hold of players and ask, “would you come to Manchester United?” Because I’m a fan! I message players all the time.

‘Listen, he was flattered that someone connected to the club was saying that. I thought he would jump at the chance and that’s what has happened.’

Ferdinand believes Cavani will turn out to be an excellent signing for Manchester United and benefit current forwards Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

He added: ‘I highlighted Cavani as a player to buy during the last transfer window because we’ve got three supremely talented young strikers who need help.

‘They’re going to need assistance. Martial is a prime example because he’s going to be suspended now and we need someone to step in.

‘The way Cavani plays, the way he applies himself, the way he he trains, his experience, what he could teach the likes of Mason Greenwood…

‘He’s scored so many goals and won multiple trophies. For Greenwood to watch him on a daily basis… he will benefit the most.

‘Is he long-term? No, he’s not. But I played in a team where we bought Henrik Larsson in. You ask the strikers like Wayne Rooney if he brought value to the squad? The answer is yes.

‘If Cavani can have that affect with this group of players then it’s worthwhile.

‘Listen, he’s a top player. Experienced, gets goals, he’s someone who will be good value for the club.’

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