Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani will get to play in his preferred central striker position due to the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic Getty

Manchester United have received a massive blow in their pursuit of Edinson Cavani with the striker ruling out a potential move in the summer.

The striker was bought for a record fee of £50m ($74.63) from Napoli in 2013 and has been an asset to the club since then.

Louis van Gaal is willing to add more competition in the frontline, especially with Radamel Falcao looking more likely to move back to Monaco after an unsatisfactory loan spell with the Red Devils.

The Colombian scored only four times through the length of the campaign and the management believes that spending so much on wages for someone this profligate would not be a good investment in the long term.

Robin van Persie has hit an injury snag yet again and has not featured for major parts of the campaign, strengthening talk of a possible exit in the summer. The Dutchman has not been at it since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and has failed to live up to expectations for the second year in succession.

Wayne Rooney is the only senior striker at the club at this point, with James Wilson also being ushered into the team to provide some much needed experience. Cavani, who has plundered goals for Napoli and PSG, would have been a dream buy for United but the latest revelation by the striker suggests that they have to look elsewhere for a possible transfer.

"There is too much talk about my future but I will remain here. I will respect my contract and I'm only focusing on doing well for PSG," Cavani told Sky Italia.

The South American came off the bench in the weekend to score twice in the League Cup against Bastia and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future in the balance, the club will be desperate to keep hold of Cavani to alleviate the need of plunging in the market for yet another superstar.