By Callum McFadden
Edinson Cavani. Prolific goal scorer? Check. International pedigree? Check. Available for a reasonable amount of money? Check.
For me, Manchester United signing Cavani is a shrewd move if the club manage the player correctly and integrate him into the squad sensibly.
Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are all talented footballers with immense potential but let’s be honest, all three players don’t fear that Odion Oghalo could realistically take their place long term or even in the short term. (His loan ends in January after all!)
Cavani on the other hand is a footballer who has achieved so much within the game and will want to prove to the Premier League audience that he can perform in that environment.
7 league titles, 14 domestic cups and a major international honour showcase the fact that he is a serial winner. Something that the current Manchester United side lack when compared with United sides of the past.
I understand the argument that Cavani could be another Sanchez however would expect United to structure his contract to avoid him being too much of a burden on the clubs already sizeable wage bill . After all, he current earns £0 per week as things stand with only two days of the window left open.
At 33, he still has one or two years at the elite level in him – see Zlatan Ibrahimovic – and for me is the sort of signing that will provide a short term spark in United’s forward line on a match day as well as invaluable experience on the training field and in the dressing room for United young forwards.
Olè Gunnar Solsjkaer will know this more than anyone and I have no doubts that he will be pleased to add a player of such experience to his squad.