Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira insists that if he’d met personally with Edinson Cavani then he would have signed for the Portuguese side and not Man Utd.
Prolific striker Cavani ended protracted speculation about his future by signing for Man Utd on transfer deadline day following his summer departure from Paris Saint-Germain.
Cavani has hit 341 goals in 556 matches during his club career and is relishing the chance to prove himself in the Premier League.
After signing a one-year deal with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, he was handed the number seven shirt previously worn by club greats George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 33-year-old was linked with a host of different clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Leeds, before opting for Old Trafford.
And Benfica president Vieira claims that Cavani would’ve moved to the Portuguese giants if he had met with the Uruguay star.
Speaking to RTP (via Sport Witness) Vieira said: “Benfica made a proposal, sensible and the one we could make to sign Cavani.
“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.”