Edinson Cavani settled in Paris

Cavani is enjoying himself in Paris (©GettyImages)

Arsenal and Manchester United's hopes of making the big January signing of Edinson Cavani appear over as the Uruguayan international appeared to confirm his desire to stay in France.

As reported by the Daily Express, the 27-year-old forward insisted that life in Paris is good and that he has no intention of leaving the club having only signed for PSG in the summer of 2013.

Arsenal and Manchester United had been leading a whole host of Premier League clubs hoping to sign the South American ace in the January transfer window, as reports gathered pace suggesting Cavani was unhappy playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Cavani frustration

Cavani has often been thrust out on the flanks to accommodate his Swedish teammate, a role for which the Uruguayan is not best suited. He kicked up a fuss earlier this campaign, asking to be moved into the middle and was visibly unhappy with his standing in the team.

But United and Arsenal, along with Chelsea and Liverpool, will have to explore other targets when the window reopens as Cavani is adamant that he's staying in the French capital.

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"This year everything is fine," Cavani said. "I am in Paris, the city is beautiful and the club supports me.

"These comments caused some problems, but they were not against the coach, the president or anyone else. I expressed my frustration, but that didn't mean I had a bad relationship with any of them.

"Sometimes these things can lead to a problem, but other times to a solution. We found a solution."

Each of United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with Cavani at various points over the last 12 months, although Arsenal and Liverpool are currently the two most in need of reinforcements up front.

Liverpool and Arsenal

The £16m gamble on Mario Balotelli is yet to pay off, and with Daniel Sturridge struggling to stay fit, Brendan Rodgers is short of options with the Champions League crowding the club's schedule.

Arsenal lost Olivier Giroud early in the campaign, and while Danny Welbeck has flashed glimpses of promise, he is essentially the same Welbeck of Manchester United vintage.

That means the Gunners still lack a true cutting edge up front, with Alexis Sanchez picking up the slack from a deeper position at the moment.

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