When the Paris St-Germain deal for Edinson Cavani was not renewed in June, a seven-year romance with the French capital city came to an end.
Although many would have seen it coming, few would have expected the Uruguayan to make his next significant appearance in a pair of ballet shoes after a season dominated by injury and bench-warming.
Cavani looked as athletic and composed as you can expect of a striker who scored more than 300 goals for club and nation when he took to the ballet mat, now a deadline-day Manchester United signing.
But the truth remains that, in the last seven months, he has dabbled in dance more than he has in professional football.
A poor 158.6 was Cavani’s rating for his results last season, but his total rating is 326.7 over his career as a whole.
For Rashford, this is contrasted to a ranking of 249.5, 180.3 for Greenwood and 251.8 for Martial.
‘El Matador’ last played in March for PSG-but are United signing a player or picking up a valuable deal in the twilight of his career?
Fans can be forgiven for feeling somewhat underwhelmed at the possibility of signing Cavani considering the performance of several of the big names Manchester United have signed over the past six years.
Can Cavani perform like Ibrahimovic or be another big name United flop?
Fans can be forgiven for feeling somewhat underwhelmed at the possibility of recruiting Cavani, considering the performance of several of the big names Manchester United have signed over the past six years.
At Old Trafford, Radamel Falcao, Alexis Sanchez, Angel di Maria and Bastian Schweinsteiger all arrived to a huge fanfare, with huge reputations, and flopped at a huge expense.
Will the Uruguayan 33-year-old be any different? Only when he begins to play can the answer come.
He is the same age as Messi, it has been pointed out, and therefore the date of his birth should have no effect on the reaction to his arrival. And Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the only star name to justify his billing at United, may be a reasonable contrast with another former PSG forward.
The ego of Ibrahimovic will not allow him, in the Premier League, to fail. Is Cavani going to be the same?
United think he’s up for the challenge. They do not pay the estimated £ 10 million in fees from agents and are adamant that the wage on offer is within their framework.