A number of top agents believe Manchester United’s signing of Edinson Cavani was the worst of the transfer window, while the arrival of Donny van de Beek did not rate highly either.

United were scrambling around on Deadline Day as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked to strengthen his squad following a desperate summer.

Cavani was one of four to arrive at Old Trafford while Van de Beek had been the only signing made before Deadline Day.

Manchester City were also busy in the summer with Pep Guardiola eager to strengthen his defence.

The Spaniard poached for Nathan Ake, who couldn’t prevent Bournemouth’s relegation last season, but that deal has not been looked on favourably.

Donny van de Beek could play in a variety of different positions for Man Utd having signed this summer
Donny van de Beek could play in a variety of different positions for Man Utd having signed this summer

The Athletic asked 18 agents what the worst transfer of the summer was with United’s business the standout.

Cavani’s arrival was voted the worst by 28 per cent of the agents polled, while Van de Beek was second with 11 per cent.

Another of United’s Deadline Day deals in Amad Diallo, who will arrive at Old Trafford in January from Atalanta, was joint third with six per cent.

And the same amount picked Ake’s move to the Etihad as well as Kai Havertz’s transfer from Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea.

Edinson Cavani left PSG at the end of last season and signed for Man Utd on Deadline Day
Edinson Cavani left PSG at the end of last season and signed for Man Utd on Deadline Day
Nathan Ake joined Manchester City from Bournemouth
Nathan Ake joined Manchester City from Bournemouth

Like United, Arsenal also made moves on transfer Deadline Day, paying Thomas Partey’s Atletico Madrid release clause to sign him.

That deal was also voted as the worst of the window by six per cent, though Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was glad to get it over the line.

He said: "We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it.

Kai Havertz joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer
Kai Havertz joined Chelsea from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer
Arsenal paid Thomas Partey's release clause on Deadline Day
Arsenal paid Thomas Partey's release clause on Deadline Day

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"We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.

"I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short.”