Man Utd chief Ed Woodward sent strong message over Edinson Cavani wage demands

Manchester United must negotiate with Edinson Cavani over his wage demands because he is currently earning nothing, according to European football expert Gabriele Marcotti. Cavani has emerged as a potential target for United ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. The experienced Uruguay striker left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract this summer.

Cavani has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid but is yet to find his next club.

Reports in Spain claim United are hesitant over signing the 33-year-old due to his wage demands.

But Marcotti has pointed out that Cavani is not currently earning anything from a club and that United do not have to pay what he was on at PSG.

Marcotti told the Gab & Juls podcast: “What bugs me about Cavani is, and unfortunately we in the media are guilty of this because we talk to someone and we pair up whatever they say, and they’re like ‘oh Cavani’s wages are too high’.

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“Cavani’s wages, let me remind everybody, Cavani’s wages are zero right now. Cavani makes nothing, okay.

“So you can go and negotiate with him. Was he making a ton of money before? Yes, absolutely.

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“It doesn’t mean you have to go and give him that same money now. So if you think he’s the right guy and you can give him a year plus an option if he plays certain minutes or whatever.

“You can do things to protect yourself for this one season while you go and pursue your longer-term targets.

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“I think that is the really difficult thing for me to understand.

“Like I said though, I’m giving Ed [Woodward] and United the benefit of the doubt until 11pm BST [on Monday].”

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remained coy over the potential of new signings ahead of Monday’s deadline at his press conference on Friday.

“Well, I’m not going to go into the transfer window now,” Solskjaer said.

“Of course, all my focus is on Sunday’s game. The club is always working hard to strengthen the squad. If something happens – in or out – you’ll get to know.

“When we’re planning you’ve got players here that we believe in.

“Of course, the transfer window is still open for a while and the club has been working, and they know my view.

“We’re here to strengthen in the long term and I’m not going to say what is acceptable or not for other clubs or teams in this difficult period.

“We’ll tell you when, and if, something happens.”

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