Manchester United Transfer News: Edinson Cavani Blow, William Carvalho Latest

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 31, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani gestures during a friendly match against Kitchee in Hong Kong Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Edinson Cavani has reiterated his desire to stay on at Paris Saint-Germain past this summer's transfer window, dissuading all talk of a potential Manchester United move.

The Uruguayan striker addressed the media while on PSG's tour of Asia, French newspaper L'Equipe noting Cavani's intentions to remain at the Parc des Princes. ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson provides translated quotes:

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic still very much the crown jewel in Laurent Blanc's three-pronged attack, Cavani was fielded in a less familiar wing role for much of his maiden campaign in the French capital.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 07:  Edinson Cavani of PSG reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Stade Rennais FC at Parc des Princes on May 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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However, even in that wide berth, he still managed to make an impact on Ligue 1 and Champions League matters, scoring 25 goals and making seven assists in 43 appearances across all competitions, per Transfermarkt.

Earlier this week, it was suggested by the Daily Mail that United had received a boost in their pursuit of the player after Cavani was omitted from any advertising for PSG's 2014-15 away kit:

Cavani has been tipped as a fundraiser for the transfer of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid, per Ben Jefferson of the Express.

However, the attacker's recent comments would serve to disregard that speculation, Cavani clearly hopeful of advancing in the French club's setup just a year after arriving from Napoli.

It would be difficult to envision how Cavani might migrate into Louis van Gaal's line-up, even if a transfer were to somehow materialise this summer. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 17:  Louis van Gaal appears at a press conference as he is unveiled as the new Manchester United manager at Old Trafford on July 17, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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It's expected that the manager's former Netherlands charge Robin van Persie will continue to occupy the central striking role at Old Trafford, and Cavani's chances of prominence in that position may not be that much brighter in Manchester.

Cavani's 2013-14 Scoring Stats Against Current Man Utd Strikers
PlayerAppearancesGoalsGoal per game ratio
Edinson Cavani43250.58
Robin van Persie28180.64
Wayne Rooney40190.48
Danny Welbeck36100.28
Javier Hernandez3590.26

Meanwhile, Portuguese newspaper Record (h/t 101GreatGoals) has revealed that the Red Devils may have a better chance in signing William Carvalho after Sporting Lisbon listed the midfield anchor as available.

Sporting claimed second spot in the Primeira Liga last season and are reportedly hoping to capitalise on the high demand in their player, alleged to have a £37 million release clause in his contract.

Metro confirmed the news of Carvalho's latest development, but adds that Premier League rivals Arsenal may pose stiff competition for United, as they are also in need of some midfield steel:

Van Gaal has already added former Athletic Bilbao star Ander Herrera to his engine room this summer, but the club are still in need of a more defensively minded central asset.

The space in midfield could be cleared by the departure of Marouane Fellaini, whom the Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman writes is currently in talks with Napoli with a view to ending his Old Trafford stay.

Neither Cavani nor Carvalho would be cheap targets to get hold of, once again showing the sense of intent Van Gaal has imbued upon United's market strategy, eager to return the club's squad to its former glory.