Edinson Cavani potential shirt numbers at Man Utd as transfer nears

Manchester United's long search for a forward is close to ending, with Edinson Cavani set to become the club’s second summer signing.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret of his desire so add more attacking firepower to his squad ahead of the new season.

Jadon Sancho was believed to be Solskjaer’s top target, but that deal failed to materialise due to a huge disparity between United and Borussia Dortmund’s valuation of the player.

Dortmund have played hardball in negotiations, refusing to budge from their £108million valuation. Old Trafford bosses meanwhile, felt that kind of fee was too high in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

As the Sancho deal became less likely, United began to look at potential alternatives, names like Ousmane Dembele and Lucas Ocampos were both linked.

But it looks like the arrival of Cavani, who is a free agent after leaving PSG last summer will finally offer Solskjaer that added attacking impetus.

Cavani is set to complete a medical in England, ahead of being officially announced as a Manchester United player.

But due to the season starting late, the annual tradition of assigning squad numbers has already been completed. Anthony Martial already has his Number 9, while Marcus Rashford has recently moved to become the club’s 10.

With that in mind, we take a look at the choices as United fans eagerly await the announcement:

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Number 7

The most famous of United shirts. From George Best, to Eric Cantona, to David Beckham, to Cristiano Ronaldo; it is the number that arguably carries the most pressure at Old Trafford.

The last three occupants, Angel Di Maria, Memphis Depay and Alexis Sanchez have all struggled to live up to the responsiblity.

Cavani has worn the number 7 during his time at Palermo and will fancy his chances of carrying on the tradition during his stay.

Number 19

The number that strikers will quite often take, when the main three or four are taken.

Cavani’s new strike partner, Marcus Rashford wore it for two season, while Danny Welbeck also had it for much of his stay with the Red Devils.

Dwight Yorke formed one of the most prolific strike partnerships in Europe whilst wearing the number 19. In 1998/99, it was also the shirt Yorke wore to lift the Champions League in Barcelona.

Number 27

A shirt that Cavani could make his own. The last player to wear it was Marouanne Fellaini and before the big Belgian, it was used by Federico Macheda.

If Cavani wants to build his own legacy at the club, he could go for a shirt with no attachment to another player.

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