Manchester United's hopes of completing a deal to sign Edinson Cavani appear to have been dealt a rather decisive blow, with the striker's agent claiming his client has received welcome guarantees regarding his future at Paris Saint-Germain.
Louis van Gaal, who signed Memphis Depay from Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven in June, is believed to be searching for further additions to his attacking unit this summer following the sale of Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce.
The Guardian reported earlier this week that Cavani had emerged as United's preferred target to replace the Dutchman, with unsettled midfielder Angel di Maria potentially set to be used as a makeweight in any future negotiations following a somewhat lacklustre debut season in the Premier League.
Javier Hernandez is due to join-up with Van Gaal's squad later this month during their International Champions Cup campaign in the United States, although it remains to be seen if the affable Mexican international will be willing to return on a long-term basis having been left in limbo due to Real Madrid's decision to decline their option to sign him permanently.
In the aftermath of United's opening pre-season tour victory over Club America in Seattle this weekend, Van Gaal insisted he was not worried about his striker situation but hinted at a possible 'surprise' signing who could further bolster his squad alongside the likes of Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.
Cavani seems unlikely to remain a possible candidate, however, with representative Walter Guglielmone revealing that while the player has been subject to interest over recent weeks, he is content to stay at the Parc des Princes due to receiving clarification over his increased role alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
"This summer Edi has received interest from top clubs who are chasing a centre-forward," he was quoted as saying by The Mail.
"He hasn't listened to them because he was given guarantees about his position at the end of last season. We have been led to believe that Ibrahimovic will pay further and further away from the box in order to touch the ball more, leaving the striker position for Edi to fill, which was the case several times at the end of 2014-15.
"In such conditions, Edi will be happy at PSG."
Cavani was part of the Uruguay squad that could not retain their Copa America title in Chile earlier in July.
He failed to score a solitary goal in four matches against guest nation Jamaica, Argentina, Paraguay and eventual winners Chile, and his underwhelming tournament was brought to an utterly bizarre conclusion when he was sent off in the quarter-final defeat against the hosts for reacting badly when Gonzalo Jara appeared to poke a finger at his backside.
Former West Brom, Brighton and Nottingham Forest defender Jara was handed a retrospective three-match ban for the incident.