Manchester United and Chelsea have been knocked back in their pursuit of Edinson Cavani yet again despite Atletico Madrid cooling their interest in January.
The Spanish club could not meet PSG’s £25m valuation of the player and will instead look to sign him as a free agent in the summer.
That has opened the door for the Premier League duo, but Cavani not only had his heart set on Atletico but also on a move to Spain according to French football expert Julien Laurens.
With his 33rd birthday coming up the Uruguayan saw his future in La Liga as opposed to the most attritional Premier League which further decreases the likeliness of a move to either Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford.
“He wants to leave but let’s not forget he wanted to go specifically to Atletico and work with Simeone,” Laurens told ESPN.
“For the last four years Atletico and Simeone have tried to get him from PSG and they were both happy it was finally about to happen.
“I’m not sure Cavani would have the same excitement or enthusiasm to go to United or Chelsea.
Edinson Cavani wants to leave PSG this month in search of a new challenge
“More because he saw himself in La Liga and not the Premier League – especially at his age and so close towards the end of his career.
“Yes, Chelsea can try again and they’ve made contact with Walter, his agent, the same with United, but they were told he only wanted Atletico but maybe things will change now they can’t afford him.”
Both English clubs are hoping to sign a striker on deadline day but face a race against time.
Marcus Rashford’s injury has forced United’s hand while Chelsea want to ease the burden on Tammy Abraham.