Why Man Utd have ruled out transfer swoop for Chelsea target Edinson Cavani

Manchester United have pulled out of the race for Edinson Cavani after discovering the striker’s eye-watering salary at Paris St-Germain.

Cavani, 32, has become the talk of the January transfer window since PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed he has handed in a transfer request.

United and Premier League rivals Chelsea have been tipped to sign the Uruguayan, with both clubs in need of a new centre-forward this month.

But according to the Sunday Mirror, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are no longer considering a move for Cavani.

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It is believed United baulked at the idea of his wages, given the fact he currently rakes in an astonishing £360,000-a-week at the Parc des Princes.

He may be in the twilight of his career, but Cavani’s goalscoring record makes him an appealing option for any top Premier League side.

After scoring 104 goals in 138 games for Napoli, he completed a move to PSG and has subsequently scored 198 goals in 292 appearances for the French outfit.

Cavani has handed in a transfer request at the Parc des Princes
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The marksman would prove a terrific signing for Chelsea, who are on the hunt for another striker to provide competition for Tammy Abraham.

Abraham, 22, has scored 15 goals in 31 appearances for the Blues this term, yet Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud are not considered credible backup options.

And the youngster could be facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in last week’s 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal.

But United have pulled out of the race for his signature
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Cavani, then, could be the perfect addition for Frank Lampard this month.

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson certainly thinks so, urging Lampard to go and get the player before the winter window closes.

“Edinson Cavani is a no-brainer for Chelsea and they should be…