Edinson Cavani clinched a move to Manchester United on transfer deadline day.

Cavani signed as a free agent after seven years at Paris Saint-Germain. He is now 33-years-old.

United have been linked with a move for Cavani before. This came back in 2014 during David Moyes’ time at the club.

Cavani signed with PSG in 2013 and endured a slow start in Paris after a £55 million move from Napoli.

This led to some speculation PSG could flip him for a quick sale.

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The Mail reported in January 2014 that Sir Alex Ferguson had stepped in on United’s behalf to enquire after Cavani.

The report read: “Sir Alex Ferguson is understood to have called his former United centre half Laurent Blanc to check on the Uruguay striker’s situation and the PSG coach said they would not listen to bids in this window, but would be willing to discuss the possibility at the end of the season.”

What could have been

The problem for United was David Moyes’ inability to hold onto the manager’s job, and his sacking which was welcomed by fans after a disastrous season in charge.

Cavani then fell into the gap of transfer targets between the David Moyes and Louis van Gaal transition, with some pursued like Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, and others abandoned like Toni Kroos and William Carvalho.

The Guardian reported after Moyes’ sacking in April 2014 that Cavani remained at the top of United’s wish list.

The Athletic reported this week that Moyes was not overly taken with Cavani anyway, and while Ed Woodward pursued a deal, it did not progress.

By time Van Gaal took over in July that summer, Cavani was never really seen as a serious target.

United spent big on another South American, Angel di Maria, who was within a year teaming up with Cavani in Paris after an unhappy stint in Manchester.

Cavani was then linked to United in 2015, with Van Gaal seeking a successor to Robin van Persie, The Guardian reported.

But by this point PSG were unwilling to sell. Cavani ended up with 25 goals in all competitions in his first season at the club.

The Uruguayan then followed this up with 31 goals in his second season.

Despite some tension in Paris while Zlatan Ibrahimovic was there, forcing him to play out wide, Cavani provided a prolific goal return.

When Zlatan joined United in 2016, Cavani pushed on in his favoured central role, and this past season struck his 200th goal for the club to become PSG’s all-time record goalscorer.

United may well wonder what might have been if the club pursued him more aggressively six years ago.

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Cavani is past his peak but still feels as though he has plenty to offer.

He told the club’s official website: “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.”

It has been a long time coming, but Manchester United have signed a top class striker.

Forget the big names who have failed in the past, Cavani deserves a chance to be judged in his own right. His CV speaks for itself.

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