Report: Atlético Madrid Will Have to Look Elsewhere; Cavani to Stay at PSG

Although there are reports that Edinson Cavani is pushing for a move this winter to Atlético Madrid, per L’Equipe, it doesn’t appear as though Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading scorer will get his wish.

Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, isn’t willing to let the 32-year-old go as the club will need to rely on him in the second half of the season, according to L’Equipe.

Cavani’s contract expires in June, but the capital club is willing to lose him on a free if it means he stays for the remainder of this season for depth purposes.

If El Matador were to leave this January window, it would result in Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting becoming the squad’s backup striker to Mauro Icardi, which isn’t an ideal situation for PSG.

Meanwhile, it’s understandable as to why Atlético is pushing for a Cavani transfer. Diego Costa is currently out for three months due to a neck injury, and the club is starving for goal scorers. Álvaro Morata leads Los Colchoneros in goals with nine goals in 21 matches. Also, João Félix, their marquee transfer of the summer, so far is a disappointment in his first season with Atlético. The 20-year-old only has four goals in 19 matches.

PSG holds on the power in these negotiations; they don’t want to, nor do they need to sell Cavani. Atlético are the ones desperate for goal-scoring help, but Les Parisiens value the six months left in the Uruguayans contract, so unless the Spanish club overpays and blows PSG away with an offer out of left-field, expect Cavani to stay in Paris.

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