The future of Edinson Cavani is very much up in the air.
Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading scorer is out of contract with the club at the end of the season and sporting director Leonardo has yet to offer him an extension. With the emergence of Mauro Icardi, who has scored nine goals in 10 appearances this season, Cavani is no longer the preferred starting striker for the reigning French champions.
Cavani has been forced to play on the wing during his PSG career when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was in the French capital but he’s never been relegated to the bench as he has so far this season.
Some of that is due to the hip injury that he sustained against Toulouse FC on August 25 but even if he wasn’t injured, Icardi would have likely surpassed El Matador in the pecking order.
Given Cavani’s current situation at PSG, it’s only natural to expect speculation about where he may play next. The transfer rumor mill hasn’t disappointed and Cavani has been linked to Atlético Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus FC, and even Inter Miami and LA Galaxy!
There’s no shortage of interested teams but the question has always been whether PSG would sell in January or allow Cavani to run his contract down and leave on a free transfer. In an interview with CalcioNapoli126 (via L’Equipe), Cavani’s agent and brother cleared up the situation.
Guglielmone confirmed that Cavani will not leave PSG in the January transfer window and that there has been discussions with LA Galaxy but nothing beyond preliminary talks. Then Cavani’s agent was asked about the future of his client and whether he prefers to play in Europe or South America.
“It depends on the club project. Edi still has at least three years to play at a high level. He can play in any big team in Europe,” Guglielmone said.
Guglielmone also revealed that there have been talks between his camp and several Italian teams who are interested in his client’s services.
Cavani is a club legend and I believe PSG is within its rights to not extend his contract. I don’t think he’s earned it through his play and the mounting injury history is a concern. Let’s enjoy El Matador for the remaining games this season and send him off with some major trophies.
Want more PSG? Visit the PSG Talk Podcast Network page and subscribe to PSG Talking, The 1970, and 24th & Parc.