Cavani’s Role In Jadon Sancho Transfer To Man Utd Explained

Manchester United are almost set to sign Jadon Sancho after agreeing a £72million fee with Borussia Dortmund.

And Edinson Cavani was at the centre of United's decision to push ahead with the signing of the winger.

The deal has been over four years in the making after United set their sights on Sancho during his time with rivals Manchester City.

Now Sancho is just a matter of days or weeks away from becoming a United player and the club's attacking options next season look frightening.

A new striker was top of their shortlist before Cavani decided he was willing to sign a one-year contract extension.

The Uruguayan was favouring a move back to South America with Boca Juniors before he agreed to stay for one more season.

The Athletic claim the decision proved key to United's move for Sancho and should Cavani have moved on, the club would have prioritised a new striker over the Dortmund right-winger.

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Harry Kane and Erling Haaland were amongst the names on the agenda but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was always clear that he wanted to keep Cavani.

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