Man United & Chelsea dealt blow in race for strike ace

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifa has dealt Manchester United and Chelsea a blow ahead of the summer transfer window by rubbishing rumours that Edinson Cavani could leave the club.

The Uruguayan ace only joined the Ligue 1 champions last summer, but he is already being linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes.

Despite being a big money arrival, Cavani has been left frustrated with his role within the PSG first-team, with the presence of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic having seen him shifted into a wide position.

This has alerted both United and Chelsea, with both clubs rumoured to be looking at deals worth around £50m for his signature.

But Al-Khelaifa – part of the Parisians’ wealthy Qatari ownership – says that talk of Cavani moving on is wide of the mark:

“Cavani is very important for us. He is very professional, very committed on the pitch, he gives everything. I like him a lot,” he is quoted by The Express.

“If he wants to change position, that’s not his decision, it’s that of the coach and he understands that. He’s here to play where the coach decides to put him.

“He can talk with the staff and the club, but the decision will be that he stays with us. He’s a star for the club. Of course he’s staying.”

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