If the deal is concluded it would mean Ighalo returning to Shanghai Shenhua when his loan expires at the end of January. The Nigerian's initial deal was due to expire in May but was extended a result of the season being suspended, but Solskjaer was always going to want to bring in another forward before he returned to China.

While the move for Cavani is a divergence from United's recent transfer strategy, it's not going to signal a complete change in direction from the signing of younger players such as Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek.

Instead, it's understood the move for Cavani was seen as an opportunistic signing, with Solskjaer keen to add more firepower and experience to a squad that was often one of the youngest in the Premier League last season.