The transfer that never ends took another turn on Tuesday.
According to L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain turned down a second offer of €15 million from Atlético Madrid for their wantaway striker Edinson Cavani.
That figure is up from the €10 million offered by the Spanish side previously but it’s still not enough as the capital club is looking for an amount closer to €20 million. It’s a bold move from PSG as Cavani is 32-years-old and only have five months left on his contract.
Sources close to Le Parisien indicated that on Tuesday, Cavani’s entourage remained confident that a transfer could be completed within hours but that doesn’t appear to be the case as things stand right now.
Atlético Madrid has steadily increased the amount they’re willing to pay for Cavani so it’s obvious why PSG is holding out for their number. They can smell desperation a mile away.
If a deal does get over the line, not only will PSG recoup the transfer fee but Cavani’s hefty salary, which is third behind Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr., will come off the books as well, freeing up the ability to extend Thiago Silva, Thomas Meunier, or any other player they want who is nearing the end of their current contract.
I believe that this transfer will get done before the close of the January transfer window, which opens up the conversation about a replacement.
ESPN previously reported that Fernando Llorente could be an option and Le Parisien confirms that there is interest in the 34-year-old Spaniard. I would prefer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but that would be quite the surprise this late in the window.
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