Manchester United are on the verge of completing their second summer signing.
Edinson Cavani is poised to put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Premier League giants.
The 33-year-old striker is a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and United, with less than 48 hours to go before the transfer window closes, have struck a deal to bring him to Old Trafford.
While Cavani is a high-profile name and arguably one of the best strikers of his era, United’s decision to sign him has raised eyebrows.
This is a player who turns 34 in February - and even though he won’t cost a penny in terms of a transfer fee, his wages will still be hefty.
Are we looking at another potential Radamel Falcao or Alexis Sanchez situation?
According to The Daily Mail, Cavani will earn a cool £210,000-a-week at Old Trafford.
Considering he was still a free agent in early October, it’s safe to assume that no other club was interested in signing the ageing Uruguayan on that type of money.
But United, perhaps out of desperation, have decided to sign Cavani to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options.
According to Sportrac.com’s data, Cavani will become Man Utd’s fourth highest-paid player.
But how much are the other first-team players at Old Trafford currently taking home?
Let’s take a closer look…
Timothy Fosu-Mensah - £15,000 a week
Scott McTominay - £20,000 a week
Diogo Dalot - £25,000 a week
Lee Grant - £30,000 a week
Mason Greenwood - £40,000 a week*
Daniel James - £45,000 a week
Axel Tuanzebe - £50,000 a week
Brandon Williams - £65,000 a week
Chris Smalling - £70,000 a week
Sergio Romero - £70,000 a week
Jesse Lingard - £75,000 a week
Phil Jones - £75,000 a week
Marcos Rojo - £80,000 a week
Eric Bailly - £80,000 a week
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - £90,000 a week
Dean Henderson - £100,000 a week
Donny van de Beek - £120,000 a week
Nemanja Matic - £120,000 a week
Victor Lindelof - £120,000 a week
Fred - £120,000 a week
Luke Shaw - £150,000 a week
Juan Mata - £160,000 a week
Bruno Fernandes - £180,000 a week
Harry Maguire - £189,904 a week
Marcus Rashford - £200,000 a week
Anthony Martial - £250,000 a week
Paul Pogba - £290,000 a week
David de Gea - £375,000 a week
*Greenwood's new wage isn't listed by Sportrac, but the forward earns £40,000-a-week as of July 2020, per The Sun.
As you can see, Cavani will become the fifth player to earn £200,000-a-week or higher at the Theatre of Dreams.
The South American will be under to pressure to justify those huge wages from the off.
Once everything is signed, Cavani could make his debut away at Newcastle United after the international break on October 17.
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