Chelsea and Manchester United have received a massive blow in their bid to sign Edinson Cavani after Paris Saint Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi said the Uruguayan will stay at the club next season.
Earlier this week, the PSG star hints he was considering an exit as he felt overshadowed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with manager Laurent Blanc forcing him to play in the flank rather than his preferred position up front.
"We will see at the end of the season. I am fine in Paris, but obviously there are things we have to talk about with the club, things we need to do in a different way. Playing besides players like Zlatan, Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta or Lavezzi is great for any player. But for a forward used to scoring and who now has to do defensive tasks, it is not easy," Cavani added.
But the PSG president has revealed that they are going to make every effort to keep Cavani in the squad, with some reports suggesting a pay-rise will be offered in an effort to persuade him to stay.
"Cavani is very important for us, he is very professional and he gives everything. I appreciate that," Al Khelaifi said to BFMTV.
"If he wants to change positions, it is not his decision, it is the coach and he understands that. He is there to play where the coach decides. He may discuss with the staff and the club but the decision will be remaining with us. He is a star for the club and of course it remains."
PSG signed Cavani last summer from Napoli for £56m but the player earlier this week confirmed that Chelsea also tried to secure his services.
Jose Mourinho is reportedly ready to part with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku at the end of the season and Cavani is one of his main summer target to bolster the attack alongside Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao.
Meanwhile, United are also reportedly monitoring the situation should he finally decide to leave PSG.