According to French news outlet RMC Sport, Paris Saint-Germain has offered Edinson Cavani a new contract with an improved salary, hoping to keep him at Parc des Princes for the long-term.
The boosted contract offer is presented with the hope that when Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves at the end of next season, Cavani will become the feature striker. Ibrahimovic is currently 33 years old, and according to the RMC report, the plan has always been for the Swede to depart at the end of his contract next summer.
At 28 years old, Cavani’s current deal does not expire until 2018, but this is more about money than length. There have been plenty of rumors surrounding the Uruguayan’s future this summer, with speculation that he could leave based on a run-in with manager Laurent Blanc in April in a match against Lille. Juventus, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Atletico Madrid have all been rumored to be interested.
Cavani has 18 goals in 34 league appearances this season, and was even more impressive in other competitions, snatching six in 10 Champions League games plus six more in six French cup matches. His transfer from Napoli in the summer of 2013 was the most expensive purchase in Ligue 1 history at a rumored $70 million.
The report says Cavani and his representatives will meet with PSG brass sometime next week.