Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their rumoured pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani with the French outfit’s president rubbishing claims that he could be sold.
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Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that Louis van Gaal may be lining up a bid for the Uruguayan with the Dutchman set to let strikers Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao leave at the end of the season (via the Express) – thus the club will be in need of a replacement for the duo.
However, reports in the Le Parisien on Monday morning claim that PSG club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi will not be selling Cavani in the summer in what is a crushing blow for Manchester United.
Al-Khelaifi was quoted as saying, “Edinson Cavani is a player I really like.
“I can tell you that he is very much with us, and the question of his departure does not arise,” he added.
“Paris loves him and he loves Paris.”
The summer, nonetheless, is set to be busy for Cavani, with the PSG striker having also been linked, via the Express, to Arsenal and Liverpool – and the words of president Nasser Al-Khelaifi are unlikely to deter bids.
The 28-year-old, however, won’t come cheap, as the Ligue 1 outfit reportedly value their hitman at around £40m, according to talkSPORT.
This is certainly an overpriced figure for a player nearing on 30-years-old – and having scored just eight league goals in 23 appearances.