Manchester United were put off of a January move for Edinson Cavani after being quoted a hefty price for a player who – turning 33 in two weeks – would not form part of their long-term plan.
United were linked with a host of striking options during the transfer window as they searched for a short term replacement for an injured Marcus Rashford. They eventually found their stop-gap in the form of ex-Watford striker Odion Ighalo, who arrived (metaphorically, he was still in China) at Old Trafford on a loan deal until the end of the season on deadline day.
Prior to securing the signature of Ighalo, United are understood to have halted their pursuit of Cavani after finding out how much PSG would demand for the player.
According to journalist Paul Hirst, the deal would have cost the club in excess of £65m. This figure includes a €20m (£16.8m) transfer fee and two and a half years of the Uruguayan's £360,000 per week wages. These figures were not to the Red Devils' liking, leading the club to explore different options.
Cavani was thought to have agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid, but that deal fell through before the close of the transfer window on Friday. Atleti agreed an €18m (£15.1m) fee with PSG, but negotiations between club and player broke down after the 32-year-old's representatives demanded commission on the deal.
The former Napoli hitman will be available on a free transfer in the summer when his contract expires, and both Inter Miami and Chelsea also understood to be interested.
Cavani has been a peripheral figure from PSG this season, making just 14 appearances across all competitions and scoring five goals. He is not used to sitting on the sidelines and has amassed a remarkable 198 goals in 293 games since arriving at the Parc de Princes in 2013.
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Source : 90min