Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has dismissed reports that Edinson Cavani could be sold in the summer amidst reported interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Read the latest Manchester United transfer gossip!
Manchester United star tips Angel Di Maria for PSG transfer this summer
Van Persie transfer: Manchester United will listen to offers, Juventus favourites
The future of the Uruguayan forward has been uncertain throughout the 2014-15 season, and inevitably rumours are intensifying as the transfer window approaches.
According to the Daily Star, Premier League trio Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are admirers of the 28-year-old and could table an offer in the coming months.
Reports that Cavani had handed in a transfer request at the club strongly indicated that the former Napoli man would be heading towards the exit door this summer, according to the Express.
However, after insisting that the club weren’t looking to sell Cavani back in April [via Sky Sports], president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has reaffirmed his stance.
He told French television show Telefoot, “I’ve always defended him. He will stay with us and never leave,” as quoted by the Daily Star.
“He is fine at Paris and, for me, he’s the best striker in the world.”
Nonetheless, despite the complimentary comments of the PSG president, it must be questioned why, if he is viewed as the best striker in the world, he is played out of position at the Parc des Princes. According to Who Scored, 21 of the player’s 40 starts in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season have come in a wide role, rather than through the middle.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has cemented the central role under Laurent Blanc and Cavani will surely look to address the situation with his manager over the summer, particularly having earlier in the year expressed his unhappiness over his position [via ESPN].
Cavani, however, has certainly ended the season on a personal high after scoring the only goal in the Coupe de France final victory over Auxerre, which fired the club into the history books. Having already won the Ligue 1 title, the Coupe de la Ligue and the pre-season Trophee des Champions, the French outfit became the first club to clinch all four trophies during the same campaign [via the Daily Mail].
Watch the goal and the moment they lifted their fourth piece of silverware below: