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It is just a matter of time. Betting has been suspended on his next move and Leonardo has been negotiating terms in Rome with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis. Edinson Cavani will be a Paris Saint-Germain player at the start of next week and will become the club’s record signing by a country mile.
The activation of €64m will see Serie A’s most prolific striker link up with one their former in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. This is a duo that on paper could not only forge a dynasty of success on French soil but in Europe as well.
This is a massive coup for the football club, no doubt about it. To beat the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City to the punch in signing Cavani just reiterates the progression the football club has made. Not only are we able to go out and buy the best players in the world but we can also see off competition from some of Europe’s most powerful entities.
Just 25 months ago all this was a dream. QSI have poured vast amounts of money in all aspects, not just in recruitment but also in the regeneration of the Parc des Princes, plans for a new training ground and even in areas such as making the pitch better. All in the name of making PSG one of the leading clubs in world football. To do that, you need success and by acquiring a player of the calibre in Cavani and linking him up with Ibrahimovic is going to send ripples across the football globe.
It is only natural though that question marks will be raised regarding Ibra’s future, as there always is. The player is happy in Paris, the fans love him, the club want him to see out his contract and his agent Mino Raiola also represents Cavani. There is no reason for him to leave unless he sees an opportunity that entices him elsewhere. The biggest question though is how will Laurent Blanc utilise both strikers? Blanc is a man who prefers to play one man up top with pace accompanying him from either side – effectively a 4-3-3 formation or 4-3-2-1. We saw with Carlo Ancelotti during his tenure that he very rarely played with two men up front but when he did it culminated in some of our most exciting football. Kevin Gameiro has suffered though because he has been played out of position out wide. Blanc cannot do that with Cavani. It would restrict so much to his game so he has to ponder with that intellectual brain of his how to make this work.
Another exciting prospect is that Cavani will be linking up again with Ezequiel Lavezzi who he enjoyed a fruitful relationship with during their time in Naples. That alone should get the Parisien fans salivating and Neapolitans will vouch for that. Cavani’s record for Napoli is astonishing – 104 goals in 138 games. He netted 29 times in Italy last season, six more than veteran Antonio Di Natale and 13 more than third placed Daniel Osvaldo/Stephan El Shaarawy. It just reiterates how good this guy is!
He will most probably sign a four-year contract – five years has been speculated too – and will earn €10m per year. It is taking an eye watering amount of money to lure him but it should be worth every cent. He will be worshipped as a god in Paris if he can live up to the form he has showed in the last three years in Napoli.
This could be the most significant signing in the club’s recent history. More than Thiago Silva, more than Zlatan, it could be colossal and the key ingredient to make Paris Saint-Germain a preponderant force in the UEFA Champions League.
Welcome to Paris Edinson. We cannot wait to see you!