Manchester United are set to make former Paris Saint-Germain ahead Edinson Cavani their first striker signing of the summer time.
The 33-year-old is a free agent after leaving the Parisians on the finish of final season, profitable the Ligue 1 title in his closing marketing campaign in France.
Cavani is about to grow to be United’s second or third summer time signing after the arrival of Donny van de Beek, relying on when Alex Telles’ transfer from Porto is formally confirmed, and might be thrown straight into United’s crew after the worldwide break with Anthony Martial going through a three-game suspension following his sending off in opposition to Tottenham.
It’s understood Cavani’s track-record of profitable trophies in Europe with Napoli and PSG appeals to the membership, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer constructing a younger squad at Previous Trafford below the Norwegian.
MEN Sport takes a have a look at 3 ways United may line up with the ahead.
Cavani’s arrival may see Martial shift again to his left wing function at occasions. The Frenchman excelled whereas used centrally by Solskjaer final season however can nonetheless be as harmful from the left. Cavani is superb at holding up the ball which means he might be used to convey Martial into the sport. His introduction to the crew might help Solskjaer maintain opponents guessing as to how and the place United will line up their attackers. If Martial is lacking by way of damage or just being rested, count on Marcus Rashford to shift again to the left with Cavani lining up centrally alongside Mason Greenwood.
If Martial stays United’s central ahead, Cavani can be utilized from the left rather than Rashford. United lacked a top quality choice out vast when Rashford was sidelined and the 33-year-old can substitute his high quality within the entrance line. He has glorious motion off the ball and possesses the work-rate to slot in on the wing. His expertise may additionally show invaluable to each Rashford and Greenwood. Cavani has performed 2948 minutes on the left in his profession, scoring 22 targets and registering 5 assists. He averaged extra profitable actions, dribbles accomplished and offensive duels received whereas taking part in on the wing.
The addition of Cavani may see Solskjaer revert to the formation used principally when Rashford was sidelined. A pure No.9 means United may deploy two central forwards with Bruno Fernandes working behind within the attacking midfielder function. The diamond formation additionally permits Solskjaer to utilise Paul Pogba and Van de Beek in the identical formation, with Nemanja Matic the anchor of the midfield 4. Cavani isn’t any stranger to taking part in in a two-forward formation given Uruguay have a tendency to make use of a 4-4-2 system with the previous Napoli man partnering Luis Suarez.
These graphics had been created earlier than negotiations for Alex Telles superior considerably on Sunday, and he’s anticipated to problem Luke Shaw for the common left-back berth in Solskjaer’s crew.