Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has declared to Le Parisien that he won’t even bother to look at any offers received of forward Edinson Cavani this summer despite links to Manchester United from ESPN.
"I won't even look at it," the Qatari told Le Parisien.
It has been reported ever since he arrived in Paris that Cavani was not happy about playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Laurent Blanc’s 4-3-3 formation, but Al-Khelaifi has denied he is due to sit down with the Uruguayan to discuss the striker’s position.
"I don't have a meeting with him," he said. "He's young, and the future of the club. He needs more confidence, but his last game proves his talent. He'll be Parisian next season."
Since arriving in the summer of 2013 for €64 million from Napoli – on the back of scoring 29 goals in Serie A – the forward has struggled to match his previous form. In his first season he scored 15 league goals, but he hasn’t built on that debut season.
In what has been an up and down campaign for PSG, Cavani has only scored nine times, going 670 minutes without a goal before he scored a penalty against Nice in April.
His double against Lille on Saturday included a wonderful first half lob, with the second coming from the penalty spot. It showed that when he has confidence, there is no doubting his ability, but that overall confidence is still a long-term problem.
It is very likely that bids will be made for Cavani this summer, Manchester United, Arsenal and others may make a move, and then we will see just how serious Al-Khelaifi is about keeping his forward in Paris for next season.