Get Cavani, Telles,18-year old Ivorian, Traore boost
Smalling departs for Roma
With pressure mounting on embattled manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Sunday’s humiliating 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United have reportedly reached out to Maurizio Pochettino
According to the Daily Star, though the Old Trafford Landlords are not prepared to sack Solskjaer just yet, Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward is making contingency plans if the club does opt to go in a new direction.
Insider reports hinted that those plans would include Pochettino, who has not taken a job since leaving Spurs last year as he awaits the perfect opportunity.
Meanwhile, the Club has completed the signing of former Paris-Saint Germain striker, Edinson Cavani; FC Porto left back, Alex Telles and 18- year old Ivorian striker, Amad Diallo Traore
The 33-year-old Cavani has been without a club since leaving the Ligue 1 champions earlier in the summer
Contracted for an initial one-year, with the option of a further 12 months, the Uruguayan forward is set to earn €11 million (£10m/$13m) per season at Old Trafford.
Additionally, there is potentially a further €2m in performance-related add-ons, and a €4m signing-on bonus.
Also working on solving their defensive frailties, the Red Devils announced €17m Alex Telles signing on four-year deal.
The former FC Porto left-back is the club’s third signing of the summer and will provide competition for Luke Shaw whose form has drooped in recent times
In confirming the Telles’ signing on a four-year deal with the option for one in addition, United said the 27-year-old underwent a medical at the club’s training ground on Monday after breakthrough in negotiations with Porto on Sunday.
Telles was preparing to leave for Brazil on international duty when the two sides came to an agreement on a fee.
On his part, Amad Traore, is coming to the Theatre of Dreams in a deal valued at about €41 million (£37m/$48m).
United announced that the winger will join from Atalanta in January and is expected to go straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team.
Considered one of the most promising young attackers in world football today, the right-sided player’s deal is subject to a medical, personal terms and work permit.
However, an agreement was reached with Atalanta over a fee which is believed to be €21m with €20m in add ons.
The Ivorian, who prefers the name ‘Diallo’, has made just three substitute appearances in Serie A but club chiefs believe he has great potential and is one of the most exciting young players in Italy.
In another development, the Old Trafford side have now officially parted ways with their central defender, Chris Smalling.
Smalling left the club on a permanent deal, returning to Italian side, Roma where he enjoyed a successful season on loan in last season’s campaign