Edinson Cavani has been left out of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad for the third game running amid transfer interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Uruguayan handed in a transfer request at the French champions on Sunday in a bid to move away this month.
And he will now miss out on PSG’s Coupe de la Ligue semi-final against Stade Reims tonight.
The 32-year-old has not featured for the French giants since he came off the bench in their 3-3 home draw with Monaco on January 12.
He missed the last two games with a groin strain and PSG claim his absence from tonight’s squad is due to him still being in “recovery”.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s dramatic 2-2 home draw with Arsenal on Tuesday, Blues boss Frank Lampard admitted he is a Cavani fan.
He said: “He is a great player, I played against him.
“I am not sure what the situation is there though.
“He has experience, sometimes it’s good to bring in experience.”
Cavani’s contract expires at the end of the season but he wants to leave PSG immediately.
The Ligue 1 side’s sporting director Leonardo revealed: “We’ve always said the same thing. We were hoping he would stay with the club, but today (Sunday) he asked to leave.
“We’re studying the situation. We’ve had a proposal from Atletico Madrid, but that proposal was not commensurate with the player’s value.” PSG reportedly want £26million for Cavani.