PSG insist Cavani cannot be part of Di Maria deal

PSG reluctant to allow Cavani to leave
PSG reluctant to allow Cavani to leave

Paris Saint-Germain has informed Manchester United that they will not allow striker Edinson Cavani to move to Old Trafford as part of a deal that will see Angel di Maria move to the French capital.

After sports pages of French newspapers were again filled with rumours of Di Maria's 'imminent' arrival at PSG, a potential stumbling block to any deal appears to have been presented by the refusal of the French champions to consider selling Cavani to United.

In a transfer story that has echoes of United's ongoing battle with Real Madrid over the services of keeper David De Gea and their attempts to sign defender Sergio Ramos, it remains to be seen whether the Premier League club will demand Cavani's signature before Di Maria is allowed to leave.

PSG view 28-year-old Cavani as the striker who will take over a lead role in their side when veteran forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves the club and that moment may arrive this summer as the 33-year-old forward continues to be linked with a final lucrative move. 

United manager Louis van Gaal's non-committal comments on Di Maria's United future in his first press conference of the club's pre-season tour of America fuelled the suspicion that Di Maria's future at Old Trafford is less than secure. 

"We shall see," he said when asked whether Di Maria would stay. "In football, it is a process. It's a process for Di Maria and Man Utd. We shall see."

PSG appear to be confident that they can do a straight cash deal to sign Di Maria as they continue to brief reporters on their intentions, but United will only sanction a move if they recover the bulk of the £59.7m they paid Real Madrid to sign the Argentine star last summer.