Snubbed! Cavani rejection signals more transfer heartache for van Gaal

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Manchester United's pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain star has been in vain and the reason for the rejection could become a leif motif of Louis van Gaal's summer.

Unhappy with his position at Paris Saint-Germain, where he is frequently shifted to the flank in order to accommodate spear-heading striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, modern forward Edinson Cavani is potentially available in the summer market - just not for Manchester United.

Premier League interest in Cavani, nicknamed El Matador since his stint in Serie A, is not exclusive to United, as Chelsea, too, have been linked to the former capocannoniere winner as recently as last month (The Express).

Whilst the player may be disenchanted at Parc des Princes, L'Equipe reveal what is keeping him with PSG - Champions League football; something the Old Trafford outfit cannot offer him despite the excitement generated by the confirmation of new manager Louis van Gaal's appointment.

Missing out on Cavani, valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £52.8 million, may not be the sole transfer market heart-ache van Gaal suffers this summer. It's certainly not even the first, as Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben are to remain in the Bundesliga.

van Gaal has identified a number of targets who can aid United's anticipated renaissance in the coming season, as the Dutchman looks to restore the club's status as not just title challengers, but champions, in his debut season in English football.

While the club have moved on from passing genius Toni Kroos, there has also been interest in Southampton wonderkid Luke Shaw - a boyhood Chelsea supporter, Cesc Fabregas - who may favour a return to Arsenal should he be surplus to requirements at Camp Nou, and world class box-to-box sensation Arturo Vidal.

Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has moved to quash any speculation involving Vidal, though: "We’re a winning team… I’m excluding the possible departures of our stars," he is quoted by talkSPORT to have said, before implying that Real Madrid may have been in contact regarding availability.

Last summer, in the immediate aftermath of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, successor David Moyes struggled to yield excellent recruits in his first transfer window before panic-purchasing Marouane Fellaini on deadline day. It was only until January, that the Scotsman was able to land a significant transfer - Juan Mata, who arrived from Chelsea.

Louis van Gaal will no doubt be hoping that history does not repeat itself - and that he can announce a marquee name sooner, rather than later. 

 

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