Man Utd have been dealt a huge blow in their quest to resolve their shortage in the forwards department after goal machine Edinson Cavani rejected a huge offer to come to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are in the market for striking reinforcements after top scorer Marcus Rashford suffered a double stress fracture to his back in the FA Cup victory over Wolves last week.
The frontman is expected to be out of action for approximately three months, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately short of proven goalscorers in the front three.
Uruguayan Cavani would seemingly fit the bill as an ideal (albeit short-term) stop-gap after he PSG hitman recently handed in a transfer request.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign, the French champions appear resigned to losing Cavani in the current window in order to recoup a fee, rumoured to be around the £20m mark.
Interest has been registered from Atletico Madrid as well as Premier League duo Chelsea and Man Utd, but the latest report from British newspaper the Mirror has revealed that the 32-year-old has ‘rejected a huge offer’ to join the Red Devils.
The article states that the contract proposal offered was worth ‘around £10m-a-year, plus a huge signing-on bonus,’ reportedly the same terms offered by Atletico.
Utd appear to have been snubbed, however, with the clinical striker apparently ‘fixated’ on moving to the Spanish capital.
Despite the rejection, PSG sporting director Leonardo still expectes Cavani to depart the Ligue 1 side.
“We always said the same thing for Cavani. We hoped that he would stay at the club. He asked to leave. We are studying the situation,” said Leonardo.
“We had a proposal from Atletico Madrid. We did not have a proposal worthy of the player’s worth. I’m not sure Cavani will be here in February.
“We will see how it turns out in the coming days, but we are listening to Cavani because we respect him. It’s a little clearer now, with him at the end of his contract.”
The pair are veterans of the Premier League, having had stints of varying degrees of success with Watford and Leicester City respectively.