Man Utd transfer news: PSG legend Edinson Cavani officially seals Premier League move

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Edinson Cavani is officially a Manchester United player and will reportedly wear the legendary No. 7 shirt.

The Paris Saint-Germain legend arrives at Old Trafford on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal that will finally see him play in the Premier League after years of speculation.

It's reported that United may be paying up to €10 million in agent fees for the player, while his star status is believed to have landed him one of the heftiest pay packets at the club.

Cavani reacts to Man Utd move

Cavani told the club's official website: “Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here. I’ve worked really hard during the time off and I feel eager to compete and represent this incredible club.

“I have played in front of some of the most passionate supporters in football during my career and I know that it will be the same in Manchester.

"I cannot wait to experience the Old Trafford atmosphere, when it is safe for the fans to return.

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“I look forward to continuing to write my little story inside the book of football and I know that’s why my focus has to remain the same as always - work, work, work. I have had a conversation with the manager and this has increased my desire to wear this beautiful shirt.”

Solskjaer happy with the deal

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: "His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic and we are delighted to sign a player of his calibre. 

"He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality to the squad but, most importantly, he’ll bring goals. He has had a brilliant career so far, winning trophies at almost every club he has played for, and he still has so much more to give at the highest level.

“The opportunity for our young players to learn from one of Europe’s top goalscorers over the last 10 years is fantastic and it will really benefit them going forward.

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“Edinson knows exactly what it takes to succeed and we are all looking forward to seeing him make an impact at Manchester United.”

Number 7 jersey?

It has also been reported by Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport, which has been corroborated by the likes of talkSPORT, that Cavani will take the legendary number 7 jersey.

Although the club are yet to confirm this, it looks to be inevitable that the 33-year-old will follow in the footsteps of George Best, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo by sporting the iconic digit.

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Cavani's incredible reputation

United accelerated their approach for the Uruguayan forward within the final days of the transfer window, looking to provide Anthony Martial with a stronger deputy than Odion Ighalo.

Cavani arrives at 'The Theatre of Dreams' with experience in abundance, having become the all-time record goalscorer for PSG with 200 strikes in 301 appearances across eight seasons.

The 33-year-old played alongside the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Zlatan Ibrahimovic during his time in the French capital, while also collecting 19 major honours for good measure.

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Finally in the Premier League

Prior to that, Cavani had amassed more than 100 goals in just three seasons with Napoli and also boasts an impeccable scoring record for Uruguay, finding the net 50 times in 116 caps.

It's clear that United's acquisition of the forward comes with a view to him passing on the vast acumen he's accrued as one of the world's finest strikers over the last 10 years.

United supporters are hoping to see the kind of effect both on and off the pitch from Cavani that Ibrahimovic brought during his 18-month spell on English shores.

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Potential mentor at Old Trafford

Not only will Solskjaer be able to apply Cavani as competition for Martial, but hopefully use him as a tutor to improve younger players such as Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

It's exactly the boost that United fans need after taking just three points from a possible nine at the start of the new Premier League season, including a 6-1 humiliation against Tottenham on Sunday.

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GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

I'm torn, I really am.

Look, I'm not going to deny for one second that Cavani is a world-class striker and you only have to look as his astonishing goal-scoring records with PSG, Napoli and Uruguay to understand that.

That's not to mention the fact Cavani has the exact sort of work ethic that United were lacking during the Spurs defeat and by all accounts, he's generally a great guy to have around the club. 

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But regardless of whether Cavani flies or flops in the famous red jersey, it's what it says about the Red Devils that really worries me, namely that they lacked a clear plan going into the summer.

Cavani has been available for the best part of eight months with no transfer fee for an obstacle, so if United had intended to sign him all along, surely the deal would have transpired long ago.

But no, here we are on Deadline Day with United emerging from one of the most embarrassing defeats in their history with the culmination of a transfer window best summarised by one word: panicked.

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