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Edinson Cavani wants talks as Chelsea, Manchester United circle

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Paris Saint-Germain issued a massive “hands off” cry earlier this week as their Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani is being chased by some of the Premier League and European big boys.

Now it seems like Cavani is willing to listen to what Chelsea, Manchester United and others have to say.

Cavani, 27, has won the French league title with PSG in his first season in the French capital since signing from Napoli last summer in a a monster $88 million deal. Cavani has scored 25 goals in 39 appearances for the French champions this season but has often found himself shunted out to the right wing to enable Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play as the lone front man.

Cavani has now demanded talks with PSG’s hierarchy as the French club have stated he will not be sold this summer.

“My first season in France has been beautiful, despite all controversies around me,” Cavani told L’Equipe. “Will I stay at PSG next season? I will surely talk with the chairman, and with the club. If I have important things to say, I will do it in-house. I believe we will all do our best for things to go off smoothly.”

The man known as ‘El Matador’ due to his incredible size, power and pace, has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United for many years and with his situation at PSG unlikely to change following the French champions handing Laurent Blanc a contract extension, it seems as though Cavani is willing to listen to the suitors to see if he can play in his preferred central role elsewhere.

Only four English teams could really splash the cash to land Cavani — Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal — as PSG won’t sell him cheap and will expected to at least break even on the whopping transfer fee they dealt out last summer. Chelsea are in desperate need of a top striker who can operate as the lone man as either Cavani or Diego Costa seem to fit the bill.

Jose Mourinho has admitted the club is looking to buy a striker, while the uncertain situation at Manchester United means Cavani may not opt to switch the Parcs des Princes for Old Trafford. Man City are set for strikers and have to try and keep their big-spending down after recent UEFA sanctions and as for Arsenal, they really only have Olivier Giroud up front and are in need of a lethal poacher to finish off delicate balls from Mesut Ozil et al. Will Arsenal break the bank once again this summer as the club flexes their financial muscles under a new transfer policy?

Whichever team decides to try and coax Cavani over the English channel this summer, if any at all do, they will have to use plenty of cash and promise to make the Uruguayan forward the focal point of their team.

Cavani is wiling to listen, but is any club willing to pay PSG the money they want for him?

Tens of thousands welcomed Real Madrid home after Champions League final

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MADRID (AP) Tens of thousands of fans endured the rain to greet Real Madrid players as they returned home early Sunday from their triumph in the Champions League final.

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Many waited all night after celebrating the team’s win over crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout on Saturday in Milan.

The players arrived in Madrid at about 6 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) and traveled on an open bus to the club’s traditional celebration spot, the Plaza de Cibeles, where an estimated 30,000 supporters welcomed the team.

Players carried the Champions League trophy atop the bus, constantly showing it to the cheering fans. The word “Campeones” and “11” were displayed prominently on the bus, in reference to the club’s 11th European title.

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Team captain Sergio Ramos, who scored Madrid’s goal in regulation time at the San Siro, took the walkway set up over the plaza’s fountain and draped the statue of the goddess Cybele with the club’s scarf and flag, then lifted the trophy high above the famous figure.

A huge video screen was set up at the plaza to allow fans to watch the final, and the party began right after Cristiano Ronaldo converted the final penalty kick in the shootout to give the club its second European title in three seasons. Light shows and music entertained the fans through the night.

Atletico Madrid supporters, who again were denied the opportunity to celebrate the title, had gathered at a different viewing spot to watch the final.

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There were no reports of major incidents between fans of the rival clubs.

Real Madrid said “almost 80,000” fans watched Saturday’s final at the team’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where four huge screens were placed at midfield. The title celebration at the stadium included confetti thrown into the air as “We are the champions” played through loudspeakers.

The team will meet with the mayor of Madrid later on Sunday and again will parade through city streets.

The title celebrations will culminate at night at the Bernabeu.

Marek Hamsik absolutely smashes goal in Slovakia’s upset of Germany (video)

TRNAVA, SLOVAKIA - MARCH 25:  Marek Hamsik of Slovakia runs with the ball during the international friendly match between Slovakia and Latvia held at Stadion Antona Malatinskeho on March 25, 2016 in Trnava, Slovakia.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Marek Hamsik hit a ball with such momentous force that we’re not sure it rotated more than three full turns on its 20-yard flight into the goal.

The Slovakia star’s goal equalized a friendly with Germany at 1, and Repre went on to hammer the reigning World Cup champs by a 3-1 score.

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I mean, really, what a hit. Bernd Leno had little hope of touching it.

Carrick praises Mourinho, reportedly will sign Manchester United extension

MONACO - MAY 27:  Michael Carrick attends the Red Bull Racing Energy Station at Monte Carlo on May 27, 2016 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
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Longtime Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick spoke glowingly of new boss Jose Mourinho amidst rumors he’ll sign a one-year extension with the Old Trafford set.

Carrick, 34, joined United from Tottenham in 2006, and has won major trophy after major trophy with the club. He wants more, and he doesn’t care how.

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The 34-times capped English midfielder has 421 appearances for United, and could fit neatly into a Mourinho system.

From The Mirror:

“You have to be number one and winning trophies and if you can do that with a bit of style and a bit of flair then that is the perfect match but first and foremost it is about winning and getting back on top.

“There is going to be change without a doubt because he is coming in and he is his own man.

“He has got an unbelievable track record and everyone is looking for quick results and that’s how it is.”

We have to wonder how the United fans who booed Louis Van Gaal after every turn will react to these comments, although wins cure everything, right?

Kante, James among players happy to stay put with champions

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 04: A dejected Simon Mignolet of LiverpSimon Mignolet of Liverpool (L) looks on as Karim Benzema of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 4, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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There were many rumors than N'Golo Kante had a deal that would allow him to leave Leicester City, but the midfielder doesn’t sound like the leaving type.

According to L’Equipe, Kante isn’t looking to leave the Premier League champions, and is content to play in the UEFA Champions League with the Foxes next season.

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He’s been tipped to move to Real Madrid and Manchester City amongst other potential stops.

“For now, I am happy at Leicester,” he said. “I do not pay too much attention to everything that is said.”

That vibe is running through the headlines today, as UEFA Champions League winners Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez say they want to stay at Real Madrid, and Isco is also happy to come back to the Bernabeu to make a run at a first La Liga title since the 2011-12 season.