Louis Saha ‘gutted’ Man Utd haven’t signed prolific striker on free transfer

Louis Saha believes Manchester United are making a mistake by not signing free agent Edinson Cavani this summer. 

Cavani is now available for a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expired at the end of last season.

The 33-year-old has been one of the most prolific goalscoring centre forwards of this generation, scoring 138 Ligue 1 goals during his seven-year spell at the Parc de Princes.

Former United striker Saha thinks the Uruguayan international would be an ideal fit under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford, and is disappointed there doesn’t appear to be any interest from the Reds.

“I think Manchester United are missing a trick by not signing Edinson Cavani this summer,” Saha told the Football Index Podcast, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News. 

“I’ve followed him for many years and I’m gutted there doesn’t seem to be an interest there.

“For me, Cavani would be the best fit this summer. Cavani has a great eye for goal and his leadership would be a great asset. He has qualities that are very difficult to find on the transfer market.

As Saha suggests, Cavani has an exceptional finishing ability and would offer something different to Solskjaer’s front line.

But ultimately, Cavani is well beyond his prime years and is not the type of player that would easily adapt to the Norwegian manger’s fluid system.

Solskjaer has primarily targeted young players to focus his long-term rebuild around and we can’t see him bucking that trend to sign a striker entering his mid-thirties that could hamper the progress of the likes of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

United already have Odion Ighalo within their ranks until January after extending his loan during lockdown.

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