Man Utd chief Ed Woodward in talks to sign Edinson Cavani on free transfer

Manchester United are in talks with Edinson Cavani’s representatives regarding a free transfer to Old Trafford, according to reports. Cavani has been without a club since leaving Paris Saint-Germain upon the expiry of his contract at the end of last season. It brought a glittering spell at the Parc des Princes to an end, where the Uruguayan scored 200 goals in 301 appearances in all competitions across a seven-year period.

Cavani was linked with Chelsea in January but a detail failed to materialise for the experienced frontman.

Atletico Madrid also want to sign the 33-year-old this summer despite already bringing in his international team-mate Luis Suarez from Barcelona.

But Spanish outlet AS say United are now keen on taking Cavani to the Premier League.

The report says United have begun discussions with Cavani’s agent and brother as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to strengthen his attacking options.

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However, Cavani’s high wage demands may scupper chances of any deal.

Anthony Martial was United’s main central striker last season following the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

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Martial enjoyed the best goalscoring campaign in his career, finding the net on 23 occasions.

Odion Ighalo was brought in on loan late in the January window but is not seen as a long-term solution and is set to return to his parent club Shanghai Shenhua in January 2021.

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Mason Greenwood excelled in his first full season in the first team but has mainly operated from the right under Solskjaer to date.

So that would leave room for a player like Cavani to provide backup to the likes of Martial.

United beat Brighton to record their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday.

But the Red Devils were lucky to come away with all three points and legendary former captain Roy Keane says the signs are not great so far for Solskjaer’s side.

“It’s not been great,” Keane said on Sky Sports.

“Obviously they will have been pleased with the result against Brighton but worrying signs already in the first week.

“It’s early days but they’ve given up a lot of goals and a lot of chances against Palace and Brighton. The signs aren’t great.

“The amount of chances they’re giving up in the first couple of games.”

“It’d be different if it was against Manchester City or Liverpool where you’re thinking, brilliant attacking players, but you’d expect them to do a little bit better against Palace.”

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