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big deal Gary Neville predicts Edinson Cavani deal could change transfer focus at Manchester United

The 34-year-old Uruguayan has scored 15 goals so far this season.


Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho

Manchester United are keen to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund before this summer's European Championship finals, according to fresh reports emerging from Germany.

Bild claim United will offer around €90million to sign England star Sancho, after they failed with offers of similar amounts in last summer's transfer window.

A move for Sancho would add to United's already potent forward line and Gary Neville told Sky Sports that he expects his old club to push to sign a player who is also attracting interest from Liverpool.

Edinson Cavani's decision to a one-year contract extension with Manchester United on Monday could have ramifications on their transfer plans this summer, with Neville predicting Sancho is now likely to be their top target.

"If you look at the policy over the last couple of years since Solskjaer has come in, I don't think they will sign a striker now Cavani has signed," said United legend Neville.

"They have been desperate for Sancho but didn't get him last summer and were criticised for that, but they could look incredibly smart if they could get him this summer at half the price, having waited 12 months."

"Looking at it, I think Sancho comes in on the right, Greenwood could back him up on that side. Up front, United will have Cavani and Greenwood, who they want to play up front because he is outstanding.

"And then on the left you've got Marcus Rashford and (Anthony) Martial, with (Paul) Pogba potentially there if not required in midfield.

"If United sign Harry Kane or Erling Haaland, I don't think that works given the way they have recruited over recent years and how they want young talent to emerge.

"Allowing young players to emerge, allowing Rashford to play and bringing in Sancho would be Manchester United's business done."

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had admitted he was unsure whether Canavi would stay at Old Trafford as he had a desire to move back to his South American homeland.

Yet he has decided to star after a season that has seen him score 15 goals, helping United to second in the Premier League and to the final of the Europa League.

Cavani told the club’s official website: "Over the season I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents.

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"I feel a deep bond with my team-mates and the staff who work behind the scenes here. They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things.

"From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager. As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.

"I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay, and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field.

"I’ve not yet been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd and that is something that I cannot wait to do."


Cavani has scored 15 goals for United (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Cavani has scored 15 goals for United (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Cavani has scored 15 goals for United (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Cavani has been a huge hit at Old Trafford since arriving as a free agent in October, both with his goals and assists but also with his attitude and application which rubs off on younger players like Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “I said when Edinson signed, that he would bring energy, power and leadership to this group and I haven’t been proved wrong, he has been everything I thought he would be and more.

"As coaches, we knew about his goalscoring record. However, it is his personality that has brought so much to this squad, he has a winning mentality and has an unequivocal attitude to everything he does.

"Edinson is one of the last to leave the training ground and sets the tone for the upcoming youngsters with his approach to his profession every single day.

"I have always wanted him to stay and experience the way our fans will respond to him as a player, and this means he will hopefully get that opportunity."

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