Cavani, Alex Telles and Amad Diallo join Man Utd as EPL transfer window ends, garner mixed opinions from fans
Manchester United finally got a move on as the Premier League transfer window came to an end on Monday. It was a busy day for the Red Devils management as they made some major acquisitions after a bunch of failed negotiations in the last couple of weeks. With Jaden Sancho finally staying back at Borussia Dortmund after being unable to match up to his price tag, they now have three buys in Edinson Cavani (Free transfer), Alex Telles (£13.5M/ $24.4M) and Amad Diallo (£36M/ $46M).
Free-agent Cavani was signed on a one-year deal with an option to extend for a year more if needed. Cavani has not played any competitive football in seven months after being released by Paris Saint-Germain and will earn close to $15M a season with another $18M going in as agent's fees.
In his statement, he said: "Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honor 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."
These changes come on the back of the 6-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Following the news of United's acquisitions, reactions were a mixed bag as fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts. "Good luck Edison, world-class goalscorer, will be amazing for you guys," read one of the tweets welcoming Cavani. Some felt confident he wouldn't disappoint despite lack of game time. "Be patient and you will see what kind of player he is, he will not disappoint," a fan wrote
Good luck Edison, world class goalscorer, will be amazing for you guys pic.twitter.com/5XkhSF4An0— Alfie (@xAlfieTHFC) October 5, 2020
Be patient and you will see what kind of player he is, he will not disappoint— Juan P (@Juanquesoyvino) October 5, 2020
While some were not really optimistic at all. "No plan No idea No ambition......We are a finished club....another trophyless season loading....well done woodward," read a comment.
No plan No idea No ambition......We are a finished club....another trophyless season loading....well done woodward— Machine (@OladapoOoreolu1) October 5, 2020
Porto star left-back, Telles adds more depth to the squad and has signed a four-year deal with an option to extend. "To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honor. You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club, I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here," Telles told United’s site. "I won many trophies at FC Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt."
While Diallo comes into the squad, the 18-year-old will not join till January 2021 as United left the signing too late to lodge a work permit for the Ivorian. This caused some stir on social media with a few fans miffed at the whole idea behind signing talent late. "What is the point of signing someone that can’t come till January this club is absolutely a joke and an embarrassment #MUFC #WoodwardOutGlazersOut."
Although one of the fans hoped he could do better than Sancho. "This boy is really good and I think he can do better than Sancho," a fan tweet read.
This boy is really good and I think he can do better than Sancho.— Oláolúwa. (@Utd_Waz) October 5, 2020
And speaking of Sancho, "Pay f*****g money for Sancho !! United have almost got a clear run at Sancho now-but that will change if he is still at Dortmund next year. I would be very surprised if Liverpool did not try to sign him next summer, while Chelsea may think about it +maybe Barca, Real,Psz..." read a tweet.
Pay fucking money for Sancho !! United have almost got a clear run at Sancho now-but that will change if he is still at Dortmund next year.I would be very surprised if Liverpool did not try to sign him next summer,while Chelsea may think about it +maybe Barca,Real,Psz... pic.twitter.com/VgsYY0M9sn— Mufc_Tony Martial (@MufcTonyMartia1) October 5, 2020
Manchester United will play Newcastle next on October 17 followed by Arsenal on October 31.