Manchester United were supposedly told they could sign the 28-year-old Paris St-Germain forward Edinson Cavani for £32m this month.
Arsene Wenger was put off by Cavani’s £50m price tag last summer, but it was thought he could have been available for less in January.
Although transfer rumours for this window have been exceedingly quiet concerning Cavani, you can bet that his name will creep into view this summer, as he’s linked with all of the top clubs across Europe.
Cavani was reported as having fallen out with PSG boss Laurent Blanc, as Blanc was unhappy with the player’s attitude at the club. Cavani and other top players made it quite clear that the Paris bombings in November unsettled them and that some were considering their futures, but this latest development has alerted English clubs and, according to L’Equipe, the giants of Italian football – Juventus – are interested.
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At a press conference on Tuesday, Blanc was asked about Cavani’s attitude and Blanc was quoted as saying: “I’ve always defended Cavani to the extreme, in every situation.
“I’ve always been on his side. He is a very generous player on the field. In the group life outside, however, Cavani has not behaved correctly.”
With Ibrahimovic as the main striker, Cavani has found it difficult to be the number one choice. With the Swede’s scoring prowess, he has been and will continue to be hard to displace. This leaves one option for a player like Cavani and that it is to find his football elsewhere. Played out of position, sometimes benched and not a number one choice for Blanc, this isn’t quite Cavani’s season.
Arsenal target Edinson Cavani has admitted he would be open to a return to his former club Napoli in the future. The Uruguayan forward left the Italian club for Paris Saint-Germain in 2013, but clearly isn’t happy in Paris.
Cavani spent three successful years at Napoli and says he still keeps a close watch on the club’s progress.
“I must confess, this year I’m passionate,” he told Corriere del Mezzogiorno.
“I feel very happy to see the team playing well, having fun and getting results. For us players, the future is unpredictable, I’d go back to where I had three fantastic seasons which allowed me to come to Paris.
“Napoli? Why not? Here in Paris, I always watch Napoli on TV, when it fits in with training commitments and our own games.”
Cavani has found the net 10 times this season already and his value is set at over £40m. However, with a possible summer exit for Zlatan, PSG may just want to hold onto their Uruguayan, but money still talks and the right offer might just prise the door open for a summer transfer.
He could have the pick of the clubs as well. Not only are the aforementioned teams watching the situation closely, but with an out-of-form Diego Costa and a disaster area in Falcao at Chelsea, the Blues may also be assessing the player. It is likely, though, that after his time in Italy, that it will be Serie A that attracts the international.
It was reported that Real Madrid are targeting a move for Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, which would leave the Italian giants in need of a top international striker. Strangely enough, one like Cavani. If Morata was to quit the Turin side, then Cavani would be a ready made fit and he would be back in Serie A where it appears his heart really does lie. The one fly in the ointment is Real’s imminent transfer ban. Real will need to move fast.
That would have a knock-on effect on Juve and they too would move quickly to secure their target meaning that the Premier League boys would look on as the world passed them by in a blur.
But these are rumours and we all know what rumours are, don’t we?
Cavani joined PSG from Italian side Napoli for a reported 64.5million euros in 2013. During his time in Paris, Cavani has won two Ligue 1 titles, two Coupes de la Ligue and one Coup de France. In Italy, after leaving Danubio in Montevideo, he joined Palermo, but the move to Naples in 2010 began his rise in world football.
Whilst at Napoli, he won his first club honour, the Coppa Italia, in which he was top scorer with five goals. With Napoli, Cavani went on to score 33 goals each in his first two seasons, followed by 38 goals in his third season, where he also finished as Serie A top scorer with 29 league goals. No wonder he has fond memories of his time there.
Who knows where this will end, but it will probably be somewhere other than the bright lights and the style of Paris.