Edinson Cavani: Manchester United close to signing former PSG striker on two-year deal

United also close to finalising signing of Alex Telles on long-term deal

Edinson Cavani in action fro PSG
Image: Edinson Cavani spent seven years at PSG

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani on a two-year deal.

The 33-year-old Uruguay international is understood to be in advanced discussions with United. He is already in the UK and could begin his medical on Sunday evening.

Cavani is a free agent after seven years in the French capital and United are hopeful of completing his signing ahead of Monday's deadline so he can be included in their Champions League squad.

He would offer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an experienced option in attack to supplement the talents of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

Cavani joined PSG from Napoli in a £55m deal in July 2013 after an impressive three-year spell with the Serie A club.

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He went on to score 187 goals from 276 appearances in all competitions for PSG but is looking for a new club after his contract with the French champions expired.

Porto left-back Alex Telles could also undergo a medical on Sunday after United agreed a fee of around £15.4m for the 27-year-old Brazilian.

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While Cavani and Telles look set to arrive at Old Trafford, it appears unlikely that he will be joined by Jadon Sancho.

The Borussia Dortmund winger has been United's No 1 transfer target during this window, but the German club's sporting director Michael Zorc said on Saturday that "the door is closed" on Sancho's potential move to United.

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Analysis: United confident Cavani can have Ibra effect

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If an agreement can be reached with the 33-year-old, Manchester United are confident Cavani's signing could have a similar effect to that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who arrived in the summer of 2016 at the age of 34.

 during the Carabao Cup Quarter-Final match between Bristol City and Manchester United at Ashton Gate on December 20, 2017 in Bristol, England.
Image: Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Man Utd in 2016 as a 34-year-old

They believe Cavani's experience and credentials would encourage the development of Mason Greenwood while also providing support for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, as well as adding a different attacking component for Solskjaer.

Potentially, it would also mean Manchester United would not have a need to replace Odion Ighalo when he returns to China at the end of January.

Cavani may be a free agent after leaving PSG but his record of 341 goals from 556 club games is impressive and fits in with the attacking DNA of Manchester United.

What we do not know yet is what sort of shape Cavani is in, but if a deal is struck soon United would have time to assess his fitness and work intensively with him ahead of the October 17 trip to Newcastle.

It is clear the club has seen an opportunity in Cavani to follow the path taken by strikers such as Ibrahimovic and Henrik Larsson, with a belief the Uruguayan is relishing the opportunity of following in their footsteps.

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