Manchester United won't be able to sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
The Uruguayan is said to be high up the Red Devils' transfer hitlist in the upcoming window, with boss Louis van Gaal likely to oversee another summer of upheaval.
There are question marks over the futures of both Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, with both likely to be on their way out of Old Trafford.
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Falcao is currently on loan with Manchester United and the Red Devils have the option of making the move permanent for £43 million - however he's managed just four league goals this term and will likely be returned to Monaco. Van Persie meanwhile has been linked with a move to Turkey or Italy, but reports this week suggest that he wants to stay put and fight for a first team spot next season.
However it doesn't look as though he will be fighting for a spot alongside Cavani - who has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford. Al-Khelaifi says he is a fan of the former Napoli ace, who has managed 11 goals in 30 Ligue 1 games this term, and says he won't be sold at any price.
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He told Le Parisien: “He is young and the future of the club. He needs more confidence but his last match (where he scored twice against Lille) proved his talent. He will be Parisien next season.”
There was more bad news for Manchester United with Al-Khelaifi also hinting that he could be lining up a move for Paul Pogba. The Juventus ace has been heavily linked with a return to Manchester, and reports have suggested that he's Van Gaal's number one target.
"He is French, Parisien even,” he said. “But all the top clubs want him.”
Al-Khelaifi also had something to say on Angel di Maria, who joined Manchester United from Real Madrid for a fee of £59.7 million. The Argentinian was linked with a move to the Parc des Prince before that, while he's also publicly admitted he could join the French giants in the near future having failed to settle at Old Trafford.
"FFP has handicapped us and clearly slowed us down,” he said. “Without these rules, you can imagine that Di Maria would be at PSG this season. UEFA has to change the rules – I have confident that they will.”
Manchester United have been splashing some serious cash in recent years, and Cavani would have fetched a fee in excess of £40 million - and that would not have been money well spent.
He's scored just 11 goals in the lesser Ligue 1 this term, although he has to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while he's 28-years-old and will command a huge wage packet. It would appear that the better option is to go after and groom a younger striker such as Danny Ings while Wayne Rooney is at his peak.