Manchester United are ready to drop their interest in Edinson Cavani after reportedly being informed that the Paris Saint-Germain striker favours a move to Atletico Madrid.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are thought to be targeting a forward before the transfer deadline after the serious injury to Marcus Rashford, with Cavani one of the names on their shortlist.
And according to a report in The Athletic, United enquired about signing the PSG attacker, but were told the Uruguayan prefers a move to La Liga.
The report claims the Red Devils were also not completely sold on the player due to his age and salary demands.
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Cavani’s decision is also set to disappoint Chelsea, with Frank Lampard’s side also keen to sign the striker this month after reportedly submitting a loan bid to PSG.
The Blues have acknowledged that they are in desperate need of reinforcements in attacking areas, after the disappointing recent Premier League results against Newcastle and Arsenal, and lack of depth behind Tammy Abraham.
And with Cavani out of contract in the summer in the French capital, Chelsea had been attempting to seal a deal which would see Cavani move to Stamford Bridge until the end of the season.
The Times claims Chelsea were willing to pay a loan fee of £5 million and would cover the striker’s £360,000-a-week wages until his contract expires at the end of the campaign.
Speaking last week, Blues boss Lampard refused to rule out a January move for Cavani.
“He’s a great player; I played against him and always loved his mentality and attitude, and his scoring record speaks for itself,” Lampard said.
“I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see.
“The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m certainly not absolutely looking away from, because sometimes the young players need a…