English Premiership

Cavani too expensive for Manchester United

2020-02-05 14:11
Edison Cavani
Edison Cavani (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United reportedly opted against bringing in Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain in January due to financial considerations.

The Red Devils were keen on signing the prolific Uruguayan forward last month following positive talks held between agent Walter Guglielmone and the club's power-brokers.

United, though, decided to walk away from the table after crunching the numbers on the former Napoli star, with fears they were also being played off against Atletico Madrid.

It's understood PSG were demanding a transfer fee of £25 million despite the 32-year-old being out of contract this summer, something bosses in Manchester could not entertain.

Cavani was also asking for wages of £250 000-per-week, which meant over the course of a requested three-year deal United would have been committed to £61 million before agent fees and a hefty signing-on bonus were also factored in.

Instead, United raised plenty of eyebrows by recruiting Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo from Chinese Super League team Shanghai Shenhua on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

The Manchester giants agreed to pay his parent club a £2.75 million loan fee along with contributing £100,000-per-week towards his regular £300 000-per-week salary.

United's total outlay on the former Watford man will be less than £5 million - proving a financial no-brainer for them in comparison to the overall Cavani package.

The veteran South American will have his pick of clubs when he becomes a free agent but United had only ever identified the player as a short-term solution.

United were previously considered to be at the front of the queue to sign striker starlet Erling Haaland before the Norwegian rejected them last month in favour of joining Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg.

Haaland has already banged in eight goals in four games for his new club although United will feel justified they did not panic by just stumping up on Cavani.

- TeamTalk Media

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace, The American Express Community Stadium 14:30
West Ham United v Southampton, London Stadium 17:00
Newcastle United v Burnley, St. James' Park 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Watford v Liverpool, Vicarage Road 19:30
Sunday, 01 March 2020
Manchester City v Arsenal, Etihad Stadium 02:00
Everton v Manchester United, Goodison Park 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 16:00
Saturday, 07 March 2020
Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth, Anfield 14:30
Sheffield United v Norwich City, Bramall Lane 17:00
Arsenal v West Ham United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Brighton & Hove Albion, Molineux Stadium 17:00
Crystal Palace v Watford, Selhurst Park 17:00
Southampton v Newcastle United, St. Mary's Stadium 17:00
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur, Turf Moor 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.