Edinson Cavani has now started training with Manchester United and is waiting for the chance to make his debut for the club.

The 33-year-old joined the Red Devils on a one-year deal, with an option for a further one, on a free move which was made official on deadline day.

Still, Cavani continues to be a topic in the Portuguese media, where a couple of clubs were interested in signing him during the transfer window.

One of them was Benfica, who had been heavily linked to him, but couldn’t agree the personal terms for his arrival.

The Eagles’ president Luis Filipe Vieira was interviewed by RTP at the weekend, and claimed that in case he had met the striker in person, then Cavani would be playing for Benfica right now.

“Benfica made a proposal, sensible and the one we could make to sign Cavani,” Luis Filipe Vieira told RTP (via Diário de Notícias).

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“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.”

Edinson Cavani is still working on his fitness and is may be out of the Champions League clash against his former club Paris Saint Germain this week. He’s now expected to make his debut for Manchester United in the match against Chelsea on Saturday.