It’s no secret that during the transfer season deals can fall apart due to bonuses, wage demands, medicals, or all the above. In the case of Edinson Cavani potentially moving to Atlético Madrid, the deal appears to be fading.
According to Goal, there are a couple of stumbling blocks for this deal to go through. First, if Atlético is keen on wanting the Uruguayan striker this January window, they’ll have to pay a fee as his contract doesn’t expire until the end of the season. Paris Saint-Germain is in a position of power as they don’t have to seel their all-time leading scorer.
As a result, the only way PSG are willing to let El Matador leave is if Los Colchoneros meet their asking price, which it appears they’re unwilling to do at the moment. Furthermore, another hurdle is the wage gap between Atlético and Cavani. The club is asking for the 32-year-old to take a discount if he were to come to Madrid.
According to the report from Goal, Cavani earns €12 million annually at PSG and he likely doesn’t want to make much less than that with his next club. The 32-year-old will have to come to grips with reality though. Considering his age and injury history, it would be foolish for Atlético to offer him a salary of that amount at this stage in his career.
Since it looks as though Cavani might not be a fit financially, Atlético is looking to China for the striker help. They’re now inquiring about Cedric Bakambu of Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC, who will see their wages decreased in China because of their new wage cap on foreign players.
Unless Cavani lowers his wage demands, it looks as though a move to Atlético in January or next summer is unlikely.
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