Last summer’s transfer window was dominated by Neymar Jr. news about whether or not he would return to FC Barcelona. This January, there’s another Paris Saint-Germain forward who could be headed to La Liga.
Edinson Cavani’s future has been talked about at length both here at PSG Talk and at other outlets. The 32-year-old is crazy about joining Atlético Madrid according to Marca and would like to make the move this winter instead of waiting until his contract at PSG expires at the end of the season.
The issue with that proposal is not only would Atléti need to pay PSG a transfer fee for Cavani but they would also need to come close to matching his current wages, a premise that is thought to have brought negotiations for a winter transfer to a standstill.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) December 23, 2019
The latest twist in the Cavani transfer saga involves Los Colchoneros sending executives to Paris to revive the possibility of PSG’s all-time leading scorer making the move to Madrid in January instead of next summer. The news comes via journalist Antonio Ruiz on Spanish radio network Cadena COPE (via Culture PSG).
Atléti faces an uphill battle in the UEFA Champions League where they’re drawn against title holders Liverpool FC in the Round of 16 and in La Liga, they’re five points behind leaders FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Adding Cavani would be a huge boost for a club looking for a spark in the second half of the season.
At his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s match against ESA Linas-Montlhéry, manager Thomas Tuchel was asked about the transfer situation regarding Cavani and Leandro Paredes who is also rumored to be on the move in January.
“When it is necessary that they are there, the two are there, and I have a lot of confidence in both,” Tuchel said. “I think they will stay with us. There is no need to think about anything else.”
In my opinion, if Cavani asks PSG to make a transfer happen in January, they will do their best to reach an agreement with Madrid on the transfer fee. As far as the wages part of the deal, that’s between El Matador and his potential new club. Cavani has been a loyal ambassador for PSG and if he requests to go this month, PSG should grant him his wish, even if it will be difficult to see him leave.
So far this season, Cavani has scored three goals in 11 appearances and has spent much of the season in the training room recovering from various muscle injuries.
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