Manchester United have completed the signing of Edinson Cavani on a free transfer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves it late to bolster his squad ahead of the transfer deadline.
As Sportsmail revealed first, talks advanced quickly on Saturday and the Uruguay international striker completed a medical on Sunday. The 33-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal on wages of around £210,000-per-week after tax.
United turned to Cavani at the culmination of what has proved another testing transfer window.
Man United have completed the signing of free agent Edinson Cavani on a two-year deal
The 33-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year deal worth £210,000-per-week
Cavani said: '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.
'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.'
Cavani's arrival is a boost for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has endured a frustrating window
The Red Devils had been strongly linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, although the Bundesliga side's price tag of £108m for the winger proved beyond United in this window.
Solskjaer added: 'Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team. 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 club are also said to be close to landing another highly-rated young winger, Facundo Pellistri.
United have been unable to meet Dortmund's £108m price tag for No 1 target Jadon Sancho
The 18-year-old Uruguayan will cost £10million from Penarol. He was recommended to United by his former coach Diego Forlan but had been destined to join Lyon up until this week.
Yet such signings may still fall short of sating the thirst of United supporters