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.
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.
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|
|Player||Appearances||Goals||Goal per game ratio|
|Robin van Persie||28||18||0.64|
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.
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.