Manchester United have lost ground in the race to lure Edinson Cavani away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with Italian publication Tuttosport reporting that the French giants are holding out for a blockbuster swap deal involving Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Cavani has cut a frustrated figure in his first season at the Parc des Princes despite bagging 21 goals in all competitions, largely forced to play a supporting role to undisputed PSG talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovc since completing a move from Napoli which cost the club in excess of £50m.
United fans have been holding out hope that uncertainty over his long-term future will pave the way for an eye-watering £80m offer for the Uruguay marksman, but Tuttosport believe that if Juve are willing to let Pogba leave the swap deal of the summer is very much on the cards.
PSG are thought to view ex-United academy standout Pogba as a future superstar capable of taking their team to another level, while Juve are still searching for quality additions to turn them into genuine Champions League contenders.
The 21-year-old has enormous potential and Juve will not let the French international leave on the cheap, with some work to do for both clubs to find a valuation of the midfield maestro that both parties can be happy with.
With the World Cup looming large Cavani's future is set to be a transfer saga that looms large for much of the close season, as United, Juve, Chelsea and just about every other major European club look for a new star striker ahead of next season.
One thing is for sure, Cavani and Pogba are both going nowhere without either a whopping concrete transfer offer or compromise between Juve and PSG, a stance which currently looks unlikely as two of the continent's top sides bid to keep their best players.