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It is becoming all the more apparent that Napoli striker Edinson Cavani is Paris Saint-Germain’s number one transfer target this summer.
It has been mooted for the last four weeks but with Laurent Blanc now getting his feet under the table as the new head coach, the club can now really go into the market.
Le Parisien reported yesterday morning that Cavani is the club’s main priority in terms of recruitment. The player’s agent Pierpaolo Triulzi arrived in Paris on Monday and is believed to have held a meeting with director of football Leonardo later in the evening. More talks are scheduled and there was even a report from SKY Sports (UK) that the club had made a £43m bid, which Napoli later denied.
Nevertheless, the interest is very real and something could develop quickly now that the Confederations Cup has concluded – which Cavani was involved in with his nation Uruguay. But, there is competition in the form of Chelsea who are keen on a deal also. The staggering amount of money and the complexity of the deal is enough to give anybody a headache. The Naples club have installed a €63million release clause in the player’s contract. Anything less than that and their president Aurelio De Laurentiis will most probably turn his nose up. PSG obviously have the capital to pay that but they will not be taken as pushovers and will still look to agree on a fee which is lower than the release clause.
The concern with this though is where does it leave Zlatan Ibrahimovic? It is well known that Laurent Blanc plays with one man up front as Ancelotti did most of the time during his tenure (hence Kevin Gameiro’s lack of playing time). This is only going to cloud more uncertainty regarding Ibra’s future despite Nasser Al-Khelaifi saying last week the Swede will see out his contract. The thought of Cavani and Zlatan working as a duo up top is a tantalising prospect and one the Parisien fans would relish to see. Could it work? Absolutely. It is just going to come down on how it is perceived by Zlatan. The club will want him to spend the rest of his career at the Parc des Princes, along with the supporters but as we know with the enigmatic front man, if he feels there is an opportunity elsewhere – possibly a reunion with Ancelotti in Madrid as reported in Spain – he will look into it.
But, let us not get ahead of ourselves. Cavani is still a Napoli player but he is not shy of suitors. We along with a number of English clubs – Real Madrid sniffing round also – will be looking to get in first and entice one of the world’s most prolific and sought after strikers.
Get in quick!