Edinson Cavani
Manchester United target Edinson Cavani is not for sale, confirms PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Getty

Manchester United have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani after the club's owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi made it clear that the forward is not for sale.

The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for the Uruguayan international, and Louis van Gaal was said to have identified Cavani as the primary target to freshen up his strike force ahead of next season.

The Dutch manager, who has Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney at his disposal is said to be looking to bring in a fresh impetus to his forward line and is ready to let the former two go at the end of the current campaign.

The duo have struggled with fitness and form, leaving the England skipper to shoulder most of the goal scoring burden this season.

Cavani, on the other hand, has done little to dampen the speculation, as he has time and again claimed that anything can happen in football and has made his displeasure clear at being played out of position by manager Laurent Blanc.

Due to the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the manager has deployed the former Napoli forward on the wings, which has upset Cavani.

Apart from United, Premier League rivals Arsenal have also been linked with a move for the forward, but all hopes have been quashed after the PSG chief made it clear that the club have no intention of letting the striker leave.

"Edinson Cavani is a player I really like. I can tell you that he is very much with us, and the question of his departure has not arisen. Paris loves him and he loves Paris," Nasser Al-Khelaifi said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.