Cavani linked to Atletico Madrid move

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Edinson Cavani is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but according to a new report, he could be set to leave Parc des Princes before that.

Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio reports that Atletico Madrid has interest in bringing Cavani to the Spanish capital in the summer for free, and despite the possibility of a pre-contract agreement as soon as February, Atletico may look to strike earlier.

With the loss of lead striker Diego Costa with a neck injury, Atletico could look to pay for Cavani’s services early, and according to di Marzio, there’s already an agreement between the club and the player. Now Atletico Madrid must negotiate with PSG, a tall task given that Cavani is a fan favorite and the French side would likely not wish to part with the Uruguayan before giving him a proper send-off.

At 32 years old, Cavani has just two goals in eight Ligue 1 games this season and has shown serious signs of decline. He has also dealt with injuries this season, missing time due to hip and calf problems. Still, di Marzio’s report states that Cavani has already agreed to a three-year deal at Atletico Madrid and that is his preferred destination, whether the move comes in the winter or after the season.

Di Marzio’s report makes note of how Cavani was recently courted by the LA Galaxy who hoped El Matador could replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic as their talismanic striker, but now his only desire is to join Atletico, the report states.