Edinson Cavani is currently working his way back into Paris Saint-Germain’s first team after a hip injury and according to recent reports out of Spain, El Matador will be targeted by at least one major club this January.
Looking for a striker to kickstart their attack, AS reports that Atlético Madrid is eyeing a deal for Cavani when the January transfer window opens up. This isn’t the first time Atléti has been interested in PSG’s all-time leading scoring as AS has also reported, but now that Antoine Griezmann has moved on to FC Barcelona, the Red and Whites are looking for a striker who can complement their talented 19-year-old, João Félix.
Cavani’s contract with PSG runs out at the end of the season and the club is unlikely to offer him an extension primarily due to the number of muscle injuries he has suffered recently. The Uruguayan is a fan favorite at the Parc des Princes and will go down as a club legend, but there’s no denying that the 32-year-old’s body is starting to break down and you simply can’t give him the money based on what he’s done for you in the past.
A January move for Cavani would be interesting for Atlético. They could wait until next summer and sign him on a free, but there will be several clubs interested in his services then, including Inter Miami as reported by MLS Soccer. Cavani’s representatives have also entertained discussions with Manchester United in the past as reported by The Athletic and they may return for the striker as they find themselves in desperate need for one at the moment.
If PSG were able to sell Cavani in January instead of letting him go for nothing next summer, it would be excellent business for the club. Cavani will get a fresh start in a new location with more playing time and PSG can add to their war chest for the next transfer window with Neymar Jr. and Kylian Mbappé expected to test the market.
There’s still a possibility Cavani could be offered an extension and prolong his stay with PSG. If he recovers from the hip injury and turns back the clock, I could see sporting director Leonardo giving him a one-year deal to keep him in Paris, which is likely Cavani’s preferred scenario.
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