Manchester United are set to sign Edinson Cavani and Alex Telles today and three more deals could follow, according to reports. Both Cavani and Telles are in Manchester to complete moves before 11pm.
The summer transfer window closes tonight, with Premier League clubs only able to do deals with EFL clubs from then on until October 16.
And United are set to be deadline day’s busiest club having only signed Donny van de Beek from Ajax so far this summer.
Sunday’s 6-1 loss to Tottenham reinforced the need for fresh blood and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to bolster his strength in depth with a number of deals.
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Cavani, 33, will arrive on a free after his contract expired at Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer and will pen a two-year deal to move to United.
The Uruguayan veteran – who scored 200 times in France – could earn something around £200,000 a week at Old Trafford, some reports have claimed.
And he will offer extra threat up top as a No 9 alternative to Anthony Martial and the on-loan Odion Ighalo, due to return to Shanghai Shenhua in January.
A deal was also struck with Porto at the weekend to bring left-back Telles to the club, with an agreement sealed at around £13.5m plus £1.8m in add-ons.
The Portuguese defender will sign a long-term contract to offer competition for Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams down the left.
But The Athletic say that in addition to free agent Cavani and Telles, there could be as many as three more new acquisitions.
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho will not be among them, however, with a deal for the 20-year-old dead in the water.
Dortmund had demanded £108million all summer and are not insistent the England winger will not leave whatsoever, despite Solskjaer having made the player his top target.
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He has had to move on to alternatives and The Athletic say Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele could arrive in Manchester on loan.
The 23-year-old France international has been hampered by injuries at the Nou Camp but still has an abundance of potential.
Ronald Koeman is keen to bring countryman Memphis Depay to Barcelona and should a deal be done for the ex-United attacker, that would seemingly free up Dembele to move to the Premier League.
While it was initially thought that Dembele was hesitant on leaving Catalonia, Red Devils midfielder Paul Pogba has been in conversation with his international team-mate to convince him of a United switch.
Dembele can play on either the left or right and will inject extra pace and trickery out wide. He would presumably play on the right-sided flank, where United have wanted to add Sancho.
Barca might prefer a permanent deal with Dembele not featuring in Koeman’s plans but despite United’s desire for a new forward, they will surely push for a loan.
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But there are two other attackers would could arrive at Old Trafford before the day is out – with United targeting two teenagers.
Atalanta’s Amad Traore and Penarol’s Facundo Pellistri are both on Ed Woodward’s radar and The Athletic insist developments should be keenly watched regarding the pair.
Ivorian 18-year-old Traore became the youngest player to score on his Serie A debut last season and is highly rated but would not come cheap.
He has been an unused substitute for all of Atalanta’s three league matches so far this season, wins over Torino, Lazio and Cagliari.
A deal for Pellistri may be easier to do, at around £10m, but it is unlikely the Uruguayan will be a first-team feature for a few years just yet.
Right-sided winger Pellistri, who can also be deployed on the opposite side, has two goals and four assists in 37 first-team appearances for Penarol.
Discussing new signings after yesterday’s defeat to Spurs, Solskjaer said: “Tonight is about addressing this and we know what we want to do.
“You’ll probably know more tomorrow night when the window closes. We need to look at what we’ve got here and make more of that.
“The world is a different world at the moment. Everyone wants to have the squad they want as early as possible, we are still in a position where we can add to this.
“I’ve got a squad that I need to get more out of but we can still maybe, by tomorrow night, have an addition.”
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