PSG Striker Too Expensive for January Move to Atlético Madrid

At this point in the season, Edinson Cavani and Atlético Madrid need each other. The only problem is the La Liga side can’t afford the Uruguayan—at least not right now.

According to Mundo Deportivo, no Atléti side has scored fewer goals at this point in the La Liga season and with Diego Costa injured for a significant amount of the season, Los Rojiblancos are desperate to sign a striker in January with Álvaro Morata operating as their lone number nine at the moment.

The Spanish outlet also confirms that Atlético is operating at about 100 percent of their salary cap, so in order to sign Cavani or any other striker, they’ll need to offload a player of significance to free up space.

Cavani has been rumored to be heading to Spain for a few months now as Mauro Icardi has come in via loan from Inter Milan and performed at an elite level with 11 goals in 14 appearances.

With El Matador sliding down the striker rankings at PSG, the club is more willing to sell the 32-year-old. According to RMC Sport journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi (via Mundo Deportivo), Les Parisiens are willing to part ways with their all-time leading scorer in January for €14 million.

When you combine that figure with what Cavani makes annually (€355,000 per week according to, it’s no wonder he’s out of reach for a club like Atléti who is already operating at capacity and fighting their way back to the top of the La Liga table (currently seventh).

The more likely scenario is for Atléti to wait until next summer when Cavani’s contract runs out with PSG and sign him on a free transfer. They will likely face some competition then and you can’t rule out a potential January signing from a club with deep pockets like Manchester United.

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Tags Atlético Madrid Edinson Cavani Mauro Icardi PSG Mercato
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