Manchester United fans will hope that transfer deadline day goes better than the rest of the window following a frustrating summer for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Edinson Cavani is set to sign on a free transfer after leaving PSG, but United look set for disappointment in their chase for Jadon Sancho.
Sancho was Solskjaer’s top target all summer, but Borussia Dortmund have stuck fast to their £108million price tag, prompting United to turn to other targets.
Hence the imminent arrival of Cavani, who looks set to become only the second signing of the summer for the Red Devils after midfielder Donny van de Beek joined from Ajax in a £40million deal.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for some criticism given United’s relative lack of transfer activity – although they do look set to sign left-back Alex Telles from Porto on deadline day.
However, fans have been calling for at least one centre-back, and Sunday’s 6-1 capitulation at home to Tottenham highlighted the need for more quality throughout the back four.
Here, Mirror Sport looks at seven deals that could happen on transfer deadline day.
Edinson Cavani will complete his deadline day move to Manchester United today, writes David McDonnell .
Cavani flew into Manchester on Sunday night to undergo a medical after agreeing a two-year-deal worth £200,000-a-week.
The 33-year-old Uruguayan forward will join United on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint Germain in June.
It is understood United have agreed to pay Cavani’s agent a £5m fee, on top of the £20m outlay in wages, to get the deal done.
Cavani had been a target of Atletico Madrid and Juventus, but neither club were prepared to pay the agent’s fees – leaving United free to make their move.
Former United skipper Gary Neville questioned the signing of Cavani and said it went against the club’s stated policy of investing in young talent.
Neville said: “It’s very last minute and came out of nowhere. There’s an element of thrill to it and intrigue and excitement, because he’s one of the world’s great strikers over the last 10 years and you hope he can set the Premier League on fire.
“There’s an element also of ‘how have we ended up here?’ Manchester United, two, three months ago had a great coronavirus period, acted with great class and finished third in the league.
“But we’re here on the eve of the transfer deadline with (Donny) van de Beek as the only signing and currently he can’t get into a packed midfield. I certainly don’t think it (signing Cavani) was part of the strategy or the plan.”
United will also sign Porto left-back Alex Telles for £13.5m, plus £1.5m in add-ons, on a four-year deal with an option for an extra year.
The 27-year-old will provide competition for Luke Shaw, who was one of several players criticised for their performance in the thrashing by Jose Mourinho’s Spurs on Sunday.
Telles has been a target for several weeks, with Sergio Reguilon also having been on United’s radar before leaving Real Madrid for Tottenham last month.
United’s summer-long pursuit of Jadon Sancho looks destined to end in failure – for this summer at least.
Sancho was identified as the Red Devils’ top target early in the summer, and Borussia Dortmund set United an August 10 deadline to come up with an acceptable offer.
That didn’t happen, and the Bundesliga club insisted the England winger would be staying with them for another season. With United not thought to be willing to meet Dortmund’s £108m price tag, a deal looks unlikely.
United are expected to try again for the 20-year-old next summer – although too many performances such as the one on Sunday might damage their chances of attracting one of English football’s most prodigious talents.
With a Sancho deal looking ever more unlikely, United have been linked with Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.
The 23-year-old is currently behind teenager Ansu Fati in the Nou Camp pecking order, while Philippe Coutinho’s current form also looks set to limit Dembele’s chances.
There has been talk of United signing Dembele either on loan or in a £60m permanent transfer.
But the signing of Cavani will make a move unlikely, with Solskjaer likely to rely on current wide options such as Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood before trying again for Sancho’s signature next summer.
Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo
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Diogo Dalot left United to join AC Milan on a season-long loan on Sunday – following in the footsteps of Chris Smalling with a move to Serie A.
Smalling revitalised his career on loan at Roma last season, after finding himself surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
Roma are hopeful of landing Smalling on a permanent deal, with United wanting close to £20m for the former England centre-back.
Inter Milan have also reportedly shown an interest in Smalling, and United will try to offload the 30-year-old – although some fans will question the wisdom of such a move given the current problems in defence.
The club are also hopeful of getting Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo off the wage bill, with Newcastle having been linked with the former – although time is running out fast.