Man Utd’s Edinson Cavani transfer blasted by club legends and fans alike

Manchester United have been blasted by their own fans and former players for signing Edinson Cavani in a deal costing up to £25m.

Cavani flew into Manchester yesterday to undergo a medical after agreeing a two-year-deal worth £210,000-a-week before the transfer window closes.

The 33-year-old will join United on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint Germain in June.

But the decision to sign the Uruguayan international left some United supporters seething after seeing their side smashed 6-1 at home by Tottenham.

Thousands took to social media to criticise United, accusing them of panic buying before the deadline and wasting millions on someone who could go on to become another South American flop like Radamel Falcao and Alexis Sanchez were.

Supporters were hoping United would sign England superstar Jadon Sancho and some top class defenders.

It is understood United have agreed to pay the striker's agent a £5m fee on top of £20m in wages to Cavani to get the deal done.

Cavani had been a target of Atletico Madrid and Juventus but neither club were prepared to meet the agent's demands – leaving United free to make their move.

Cavani scored an impressive 200 goals in 301 games for PSG and United are confident he can have the same impact at Old Trafford that Zlatan Ibrahimovich did.

United also believe his experience will be invaluable to the likes of Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.

But former United star Gary Neville reckons the signing of Cavani goes against the club's philosophy of investing in young, homegrown talent.

He said: "It's very last minute and came out of nowhere. There's an element of thrill to it and intrigue and excitement, because he's one of the world’s great strikers over the last 10 years and you hope he can set the Premier League on fire.

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"There's an element also of 'how have we ended up here?' Manchester United, two, three months ago had a great coronavirus period, acted with great class and finished third in the league.

"But we're here on the eve of the transfer deadline with (Donny) van de Beek as the only signing and currently he can't get into a packed midfield. I certainly don't think it (signing Cavani) was part of the strategy or the plan."

United, meanwhile, are also set to sign left back Alex Telles from Porto in a £17m deal.

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