Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has revealed how Old Trafford hero Diego Forlan helped facilitate his move to the club.
The 33-year-old signed an initial one-year deal with the club on Monday and United have the option of extending that by a further 12 months if he impresses.
Cavani signed on a free transfer and was clearly not the club’s first choice, otherwise they would have signed him earlier in the window given his availability.
United clearly needed convincing that Cavani still has what it takes to play at the top, while the club wanted to avoid mistakes of the past by handing high wages to an unmotivated player.
However, Cavani has revealed how Forlan – who spent two seasons at the Theatre of Dreams – gave Solskjaer a glowing reference of his suitability to the club.
‘Diego, when he had to give references about me, he did it, he said very good things,’ Cavani told Uruguayan media.
‘It’s okay to dream, but I like to wish things better. Dreaming seems fantasy, but wishing things makes you see them more real.’
Cavani hasn’t kicked a ball since March but United need him to get up to speed as Anthony Martial is set to miss the next three matches through suspension following his red card against Tottenham.
The Reds take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park after the international break and Cavani will be hoping to make his debut.
It’s likely that Solskjaer will slowly bed the 33-year-old into his starting XI given his lack of match fitness but Cavani is reported to have asked the club if he could make his debut in the humiliating 6-1 defeat to Spurs on Sunday.