Have Manchester United paid over the odds for veteran forward Edinson Cavani? Quite possibly.

Despite arriving on a free transfer in the closing stages of deadline day, the Uruguayan is expected to cost the Red Devils a hefty amount in the coming seasons.

Reports suggest Cavani, 33, is set to take home just shy of £200,000-a-week during his stay at Old Trafford.

And that may go a long way to explaining why initial frontrunners Benfica were forced to pull out of a free transfer earlier in the summer.

And club chief Luis Filipe Vieira has admitted that the former PSG striker demanded far too much during initial negotiations.

“Benfica made a proposal, sensible and the one we could make to sign Cavani,” Vieira told Portuguese outlet RTP.

“Everything led us to believe we’d close the deal, but when things start to take a while I asked them to send a proposal in writing.

"And when I go to see it was practically twice what we had said.

“Then I said we were not interested. I confirm that we were interested, but I can guarantee that if I had met with him, he’d have signed.”

Cavani will undoubtedly be welcomed by fans at United - but his agent's comments back in February may also dampen their spirits.

The striker's agent and brother Walter Guglielmone revealed that Cavani was keen to join Atletico Madrid, who snubbed the player after talks.

Guglielmone added that if Cavani was in it for the money alone, he would have joined United or Chelsea.

“Cavani was willing to receive less than with PSG,” he said earlier this year.

New Man Utd striker Edinson Cavani is not in the Uruguay squad for the current international break
New Man Utd striker Edinson Cavani is not in the Uruguay squad for the current international break

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“Atletico could not cover the total economic cost of the operation and PSG did not want to lower the amounts he was asking for.

"Atletico Madrid did not close the agreement.

"Do you think that Edi did not play for almost a month at PSG so that I could drop the operation for a commission and that Edi did not fulfill his dream of going to Atletico Madrid?

"If it were for money, Edi would have gone to England, Manchester or Chelsea.”