Manchester United have reportedly ended their efforts to sign Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani on the orders of new manager Louis van Gaal.
Chris Richards of the Mirror claims that the new boss has pulled the plug on the move to sign the player with Cavani's wage demands thought to be a deal-breaker.
Richards reports that Cavani wants the same money that Wayne Rooney is on at United: Around the £300,000-a-week mark. United are said to not be prepared to do business at this rate.
Cavani joined the French champions only 12 months ago in a £55 million deal from Napoli and is said to have become frustrated playing out of position to accommodate the mercurial talents of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, per Richards.
On Wednesday, David Kent of the Mail Online reported the Reds were to launch a £56 million bid for the 27-year-old, with Cavani topping Van Gaal's wish list.
Cavani had recently confirmed he was unsure of his future at the French team when he admitted he needed to discuss his future with his employers.
Patrick Haond of Sky Sports reported that Cavani said to L'Equipe:
"Will I stay at PSG next season? I will surely talk with the chairman, and with the club. If I have important things to say, I will do it in-house."
But it appears United will pool their funds elsewhere as they chase a number of high-profile targets across the world.
Football journalist Tom McDermott agrees that United should look elsewhere and that Cavani is a poor fit for the club's needs:
Despite playing in a wider role, Cavani's figures during his first season at PSG have been excellent. The Uruguay international scored 20 goals in 38 French league and European matches, per WhoScored.com.
Cavani would have been a huge acquisition for United, but it is questionable whether such a huge sum of money would have been prudently spent on this position. Cavani is one of the world's top strikers, but if LvG plans to hold on to Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney the signing would have been a strange one.
United and Van Gaal need to concentrate on rebuilding the club's defence and weak midfield. With the departure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, United cannot start the season without signing a centre-back with a great reputation.
The potential £56 million from a Cavani deal could solve United's defensive issues in a solitary transfer window.