Manchester United fans are in for another shock of their lives as Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has reportedly rejected the offer to move to Old Trafford. Recall that new Borrusia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland also snubbed the Premier League club to join the German side in December.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on boosting his striking options during the January window as they search for a replacement for the injured Marcus Rashford, but looks set to be pipped to the deal by Atletico boss Diego Simeone.
According to Foot Mercato, Cavani has rejected a lucrative offer from United and is looking forward to join Atletico Madrid. Spanish publication Marca add that Simeone has urged his side to bring in Cavani to solve their goal-scoring issues, but their £7.5million (€10m) valuation currently falls short of the Parisians’ demands.
Atletico Madrid have already met with PSG over the possibility of signing the striker and a personal agreement has already been reached between Atleti and the striker. But the Spanish club failed with a bid to sign him, and it was believed that PSG wanted a significant fee to part ways with Cavani.
Cavani’s contract with PSG expires at the end of the season and has handed in a transfer request in order to push through a move this month. Due to his lack of regular playing time, the Uruguayan has expressed his desire to leave the French capital.
The PSG star has fallen down the pecking order at the club due to the summer arrival of Mauro Icardi on loan from Inter Milan and a series of injuries that have affected him this season. Cavani has not played for PSG since January 12, with the French champions still publicly claiming that he is injured.
The Uruguayan, who turns 33 in February, joined PSG from Napoli in 2013 for £55m and has scored 195 goals in 269 appearances. He has played just 14 times in all competitions this season, scoring on five occasions and has also gone on to win different trophies for PSG during his seven-years spell.
With the injuries, that has not prevented clubs like Atletico Madrid and Chelsea from expressing an interest in the Uruguay international. It was learned that the PSG forward rejected a move to MLS club Inter Miami in favour of remaining in European football.
Chelsea have also contacted PSG to discuss the possibility of bringing Cavani to Stamford Bridge this month. The French champions will want a fee close to £23m and Chelsea are ready to offer the striker an 18-month contract to head to England.