Manchester United appear to have finally called time on their respective pursuits of both Cesc Fabregas and Edinson Cavani.
According to reports from The Daily Star, the Red Devils have had their eye on the pair for several months now but new boss Louis van Gaal is said to have no interest in signing Cavani and has also apparently turned his attentions away from Fabregas due to the high fee and potential wages involved in any deal.
Indeed, the same source suggests that Van Gaal did originally instruct Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to make enquiries with regard to the Barcelona midfielder, but is now set to search elsewhere for quality alternatives with compatriot Kevin Strootman though to be high on his wishlist.
While the news that the club are no longer actively interested in pursuing the seemingly Chelsea-bound Fabregas will come as little surprise, Manchester United fans may be slightly confused with regards to Cavani, with conflicting speculation yesterday having gone as far as to suggest that they were poised to launch £56 million British record bid to tempt Paris Saint-Germain into selling the Uruguayan international.
In truth, the decision to admit defeat with regards to this particular duo is probably a wise and somewhat overdue decision from Manchester United.
While it is perfectly reasonable that they would have had a strong interest in £30 million-rated Fabregas given the problems that plagued the central midfield area during David Moyes' brief and miserable time in the Old Trafford dugout, it has been clear to most for quite some time that the 27-year-old appears set for a transfer to Stamford Bridge, where he will perhaps have a greater chance of winning trophies in the short-term and where he will act as a perfect replacement for the recently-departed figure of Frank Lampard.
And despite evidently showcasing a desire to significantly improve the squad, Manchester United's links to Cavani, while certainly persistent, always appeared fanciful at best - not least due to the enormous sum of money it took for PSG to bring him from Napoli to the Parc des Princes in the first place last summer.
Besides, had such a staggering offer been made, serious questions would surely have had to have been asked of both Van Gaal and Woodward's motives and priorities during this summer's transfer window.
While it is entirely understandable and even commendable that the duo - the latter in particular, given the highly-publicised failures of Moyes' reign - may be looking to commence their working relationship with a high-profile deal, the striking department is perhaps not the area where the overhaul of the current underperforming squad needs to begin.
Rather, it must start through the very spine of the team - the centre of defence and the midfield.
If Manchester United are desperate to make a real impact with their business prior to the next domestic season, then they should instead turn their attentions to the likes of Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, Juventus engine Arturo Vidal or indeed Strootman, providing he shows sufficient signs of recovery from a serious knee injury that ruled him out of the World Cup in Brazil.
Cavani, while a pleasant luxury, would simply have been the wrong player on which to lavish such a princely sum.
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