The situation regarding Edinson Cavani is actually quite simple.
According to L’Equipe, the player would like to leave Paris Saint-Germain during the January transfer window as he has become frustrated with his lack of playing time.
Mauro Icardi is now first in the striker hierarchy and PSG boss Thomas Tuchel doesn’t intend on changing that any time soon.
Cavani’s contract with PSG expires this June and another report from L’Equipe indicates that Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director, would like to keep the club’s all-time leading scorer until then when he can leave on a free transfer.
However, several clubs, including Atlético Madrid, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in Cavani’s services right now and don’t want to wait until the summer to sign him.
Atléti is the leader in the chase for Cavani and even sent representatives to Paris to negotiate a deal for a January move. L’Equipe estimates the offer to be around €10 million but PSG is not prepared to budge. You can’t really blame them. He’s a solid player to have in case Icardi suffers an injury and selling one of the top players in your club’s history six months before his contract expires doesn’t look great from a public relations point of view.
What keeps this rumor is alive is the fact that Cavani would welcome a move this month and his questionable absence from the squad traveling to AS Monaco for a match on Wednesday evening.
Un groupe de 20 joueurs pour ce déplacement à Monaco ✈️ #ASMPSG
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) January 14, 2020
In a press release, PSG said that El Matador was “spared after feeling discomfort in the groin during the last training session.” According to L’Equipe though, Cavani finished the session “without any apparent problem.”
Edinson Cavani injured his groin in PSG’s last training session.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) January 14, 2020
Could Cavani leave Paris in January? Yes. If he continues to push for a move, Leonardo will likely do everything he can to make it happen. Cavani has earned that much from his years of service at PSG.
However, for that to happen, a few things need to fall in line. PSG needs to receive a transfer fee they agree with. The reported €10 million from Atlético seems a bit light. I would think Leonardo is looking for around €15-€20 million.
Leonardo also needs to identify a replacement striker who could back-up Icardi. The market for a solid striker is notoriously difficult and expensive but if Leo can pull it off, Cavani’s days in Paris might be numbered.
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