Date published: Monday 5th October 2020 7:08
Manchester United look set to to be one of the most active clubs on transfer deadline day – with three new players set to arrive at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are currently “knee-deep” in negotiations to sign the 33-year-old free agent before Monday’s deadline.
Cavani is available on a free after leaving PSG at the end of the season. However, he wants a two-year deal worth over £200,000-a-week.
United are looking at paying him something a little else, despite the veteran frontman’s experience in front of goal.
The veteran frontman scored 200 goals in 301 games for PSG. As such, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Cavani could have a massive impact on the development of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
One player who will not benefit from Cavani’s potential arrival, however, is Nigerian frontman Odio Ighalo.
The former Watford star is currently on loan at Old Trafford from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. But if Cavani signs he will return to China in January, when the loan ends.
United have also reportedly overcome a major hurdle to seal the signing of Facundo Pellistri from Uruguay-based side Atletico Penarol.
Uruguayan football expert Sebastian Giovanelli reported on Saturday that Pellistri was a major target for the Red Devils.
The journalist claimed (via Twitter) that United had agreed a five-year deal with Penarol to sign the starlet.
Pellistri is likely to cost United €10m and has two goals and four assist from his 37 career appearances to date.
United have found a breakthrough in negotiations for Alex Telles and should conclude a deal before the deadline.
United have been chasing Telles for several weeks as they look to strengthen their options at left-back.
The Porto defender has emerged as their top target for the position, but there were concerns that they would not be able to meet the asking price.
The Red Devils have now entered advanced talks for Telles, who could join them for a fee in the region of €17m.
United will hope all three deals go through without too many issues ahead of the deadline.
Smalling exit expected
Chris Smalling, meanwhile, is expected to secure a move to Roma, according to reports.
Smalling spent a very successful season out on loan with Roma in 2019-20. He made 37 appearances in all competitions and scored three goals.
The defender has been keen to return to Italy ever since that loan deal expired, having admitted he was “gutted” not to be able to finish the Europa League campaign with the club.
However, the permanent transfer has not materialised as quickly as all the parties would have liked. Man Utd and Roma have struggled to find a compromise over Smalling’s price tag.
Now, though, there could be a breakthrough as the transfer deadline approaches. Roma are ready to make one final offer for Smalling, worth in the region of €15m.
According to Italian transfer expert Romano, the capital club are now “one step away” from securing the defender’s return.
Jadon Sancho lastest
One player United continue to chase is Jadon Sancho.
Dortmund are sticking by their £108m valuation for the player after rejecting United’s two previous offers.
Whether United opt to meet Dortmund’s price remains to be seen.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc told reporters on Saturday that “the door is closed” on any possible deal. It remains to be seen though whether Sunday’s 6-1 humbling by Tottenham forces an increased offer.
“We are still in a position that we can add to this squad,” said Solskjaer after. “We need to get more out of this squad but maybe by (Monday) night we will have an addition.”
Solskjaer was offering no excuses for the defeat and labelled it “the worst day of his career”.
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