Manchester United are locked in talks with Edinson Cavani and his representatives as they look to land the former Paris Saint-Germain striker on a free transfer.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still looking to add to his squad before the transfer window closes and Cavani has emerged as a top target to provide an extra option in attack.
The Uruguay international, who left PSG after a seven-year spell this summer, has been one of the most feared attackers in European football over the past decade and the prospect of him playing in the Premier League will no doubt excite United fans.
United are believed to be facing competition for the striker and his former coach Daniel Zicari thinks he will be joining Atletico Madrid rather than moving to Old Trafford.
‘Here we take it for granted that Cavani will be a new Atleti player,’ Zicari, who managed him at Uruguayan side Danublo, told AS.
‘It was a shame that it did not materialise in January. It would be very emotional for him to end up with [Luis] Suarez. They are both from the same city.’
United have only signed Donny van de Beek so far this summer but are still hoping to get business done before the transfer window slams shut.
Alex Telles, the Porto left-back, has also been linked with a move to Manchester along with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Barcelona attacker Ousmane Dembele.
Former United centre-half Rio Ferdinand admitted the lack of business has been frustrating.
‘I’d rather be at that end of the spectrum than Man United where you are frustrated and don’t know where you will continue from.
‘The most frustrating thing for Manchester United fans is that we have all been aware who their targets were at the beginning of the window, that’s the frustrating element.’
‘Is Covid playing a part in the financials, with purse strings having to be pulled a little bit? At left-back and right wing are where they are looking, then all of a sudden the season starts and they haven’t been brought in.
‘All of a sudden losing to Palace at home ignites the negativity and makes it a situation that it never was.
‘If we rewind two months previous, everyone was saying, “well done Ole” he’d got them into the Champions League position. The club appeared on an upward trajectory now, then two months, there’s not been the signings and defeat in the first match and it really changes the picture massively of the club.