Manchester United have distanced themselves from a potential transfer move for Edinson Cavani, refuting earlier claims that a January deal for the PSG striker was actually possible.
On Thursday, ESPN reported that representatives of Cavani had spoken to Old Trafford officials to gauge whether or not they were interested in signing him.
The Uruguayan is desperate to leave Parc des Princes after falling out with Laurent Blanc, and Manchester United are one of the few clubs who could fund the inevitably massive asking price.
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The report stated that the Red Devils were ready to consider a deal. Louis van Gaal's men have struggled for goals this season and a world-class striker like Cavani would certainly boost their chances of finishing in the top four, or even winning the title.
It made sense, but, according to the Manchester Evening News, the Premier League outfit have made it clear that there are currently no plans to make a move for the 28-year-old in the current transfer window.
Transfer plans shelved
That falls in line with the Daily Mirror's claim that Ed Woodward has decided to shelve all January transfers because of the uncertainty surrounding Louis van Gaal.
They claim that the executive vice-chairman does not want to make any big investments when a new manager, complete with a new philosophy, might be necessary in the near future.
And Cavani would definitely represent a big investment. He cost PSG £55million to sign from Napoli in 2013 and the French club would likely demand almost all of that from Manchester United. Then, you have his wages, thought to be around £160,000-a-week.
No matter how much money United have, they still can't afford to invest in a long-term contract of that size, only for a new manager, possibly Pep Guardiola, to turn around in the summer and say he doesn't want him.