Thiago Silva joined Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 from AC Milan and the following year, Edinson Cavani arrived in the French capital from Napoli.
Since then, both players have played a pivotal role in helping the capital club transform into one of the biggest teams in the world. While a UEFA Champions League title still eludes PSG, the contributions from the South American duo cannot be understated.
As important as Cavani and Silva have been to the PSG project, both are reaching the end of their contracts with the club (June 2022) and there have been no serious talks of an extension for either player.
In fact, if Cavani had it his way, he would be suiting up for Atlético Madrid right now. Silva is a different story, though. Unlike Cavani, the Brazilian has been able to stay relatively healthy and has performed at a high level this season and is eager to receive an extension from the club.
According to a report from L’Equipe, Cavani earns a gross monthly income of €1.345 million from PSG. Silva brings in slightly more with €1.5 million gross monthly income.
The French publication references player salaries as the biggest strain on the PSG balance sheet and with the club wanting to extend Kylian Mbappé and Neymar Jr. this year, the salary structure is only going to get more inflated.
Even if those two players decide to move on, PSG won’t really be saving with the impending departures of Cavani and Silva. For one, if the Ligue 1 leaders want to retain the services of Mauro Icardi, who is currently on loan from Inter Milan, they will have to pay €65 million to Inter and then likely pay the Argentine more than he makes now, which is €800,000 per month according to the L’Equipe report.
Icardi will replace Cavani but don’t forget, Silva plays a vital role for PSG right now. If he leaves, PSG sporting director, Leonardo, will have to splash the cash to find a world-class center-back that can step in and contribute right away.
This summer promises to be a busy one for PSG on so many levels.
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