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Edinson Cavani is going to be one of the top targets in the free agent markets, as Paris Saint-Germain’s purchase of Mauro Icardi ushers the Uruguayan out of the Ligue 1 champions’ stable.

Icardi’s loan move to PSG from Inter Milan has been made permanent for big money, and the 33-year-old Cavani is set to bring his 259 goals somewhere else.

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Cavani scored 200 times in 300 matches with PSG after arriving from Napoli, scoring seven times despite being limited to just over 1000 minutes due to several injuries.

The target striker is free to negotiate with teams having nearly moved to Atletico Madrid in the January transfer window. Inter Miami has also been linked with Cavani, but that was before the coronavirus pandemic lowered the market and put an emphasis on free transfer targets.

Chelsea, Spurs, and Manchester United were (are?) also in a mix that is going to be very deep with suitors for Cavani, who has 50 goals in 116 caps for Uruguay.

Lille has received plenty of offers for young striker Victor Osimhen, but the club tells The Daily Mail that they’re expecting a fee close to what Arsenal paid them for Nicolas Pepe last season.

That was about $87 million, though Pepe had a better (not to mention full) season in 2018-19 than Osimhen’s strong 2019-20.

Pepe is about four years older than Osimhen and has 22 goals and 11 assists during his final Ligue 1 season. Osimhen, 21, has 13 and four in about 1100 fewer minutes and scored in the Champions League versus Chelsea and Valencia, so the comparison is closer than upon first look.

Here’s Lille owner Gerard Lopez:

“I am not being a sales guy because last year people didn’t believe that we had the offers we had with [Nicolas] Pepe and it turns out we had multiple of them. “Let me tell you with Osimhen, it is the same thing, whatever number you heard, the high number I have read is very much on the money of the offers that we have received. That’s where we are.”

Osimhen has been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, and a host of clubs outside the Premier League. He lit up the Belgian league with RSC Charleroi the previous season after failing to score in his teen years with Wolfbusgr.

Atletico Madrid star and reported Manchester United target Saul Niguez is teasing a new club for him, saying he’ll announce it in three days.

We cannot be sure it won’t end with some sort of new sponsored product, but the game-controlling center midfielder has featured in reports of a “practically done” transfer to United in recent weeks.

Saul, 25, has become an indispensable part of Diego Simeone’s midfield and was one of the steadiest parts of Atleti’s victory over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.

He’s said to have an approximate $168 million release clause.

Report: Cavani to stay at PSG after Atletico Madrid transfer falls through

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After all that, Edinson Cavani may not go anywhere.

The Uruguayan striker reportedly handed in a transfer request earlier this month and seemed destined for a switch to Atletico Madrid, but with the Spanish side reportedly unable to come up with the funds to secure a switch, Cavani will stay put in the French capital for the remainder of the season.

The report comes from French publication L’Equipe, who states that Atletico Madrid required a sale of Thomas Lemar to fund a move for Cavani, and that prerequisite move never materialized. Cavani is out of contract at the end of the season, but L’Equipe reports that a pair of bids from Atleti valued at $11 million and $16.5 million were both turned down by PSG, and the Spanish club could not afford an improved offer without incoming funds. L’Equipe is reporting that the French club was not in a negotiating mood, accepting nothing less than the initial asking price of $22 million.

Later, ESPN’s Ligue 1 reporter Jonathan Johnson verified the L’Equipe report.

This represents a blow for a number of clubs. First, PSG is set to lose Cavani for nothing after playing hardball. That’s a mistake by the French club, with Cavani riding the bench for much of the season to date. His presence would represent nothing more than injury cover for the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Mauro Icardi, while the club could have instead brought in some cash for his services.

It’s also a blow to Atletico Madrid who desperately needs attacking players. Diego Simeone’s side has been starving for goals this entire campaign, and while it’s likely that just the addition of a 32-year-old Cavani would not have been a cure-all for the Spanish side, the L’Equipe report nonetheless states that Simeone is “furious” with the outcome.

Finally, it’s also bad news for Lemar. Once one of Europe’s most coveted young stars at AS Monaco, his move to Atletico Madrid has been downright disastrous. He has not scored or assisted a goal in 21 total appearances for Atleti this season and is now sidelined with a hamstring injury that likely put a lid on any outgoing transfer this winter.

This entire process, all reports pointed towards Cavani’s intense desire to join Atletico Madrid, even apparently ready to take a salary reduction to streamline the deal. Chelsea had been rumored to be interested, but was rebuffed by the asking price as well as his determination to join Atleti. On Wednesday, there was even a report that new Major League Soccer club Inter Miami had made a late offer for Cavani, but in the end, that was likely nothing more than the player’s agent looking for one last gasp at pressuring Atletico Madrid to up its price.

Report: Inter Miami makes late bid for Edinson Cavani

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Edinson Cavani’s move to Atletico Madrid seemed like a foregone conclusion, but a new report by Spanish publication AS has seemingly muddied the waters.

The AS report states that new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami has made a bid for Cavani with just two days remaining in the transfer window. While French clubs are welcome to sell players after the transfer window has closed, Cavani will want to have things wrapped up by Friday’s deadline so that if he decides to stay with Atletico, the move will still be possible. Cavani has also been linked to Chelsea, but his switch to Atletico seemed imminent enough that it feels the Blues have moved on.

Cavani has been on his way out at Paris Saint-Germain for some time, having handed in a transfer request earlier this month. He is a fan favorite at PSG, but has been a bit-part player this season due to injuries and the arrival of Mauro Icardi who pushed Cavani down the pecking order.

At 32, the Uruguayan international remains a high-level player, still a significant part of the international squad. However, this decision is clearly important as his place with Uruguay could prove fragile should he remain on the sidelines much longer or continue to struggle in front of net. Diego Simeone’s side has been starving for a goalscoring presence like Cavani, but they have also lacked a creative force other than young Joao Felix who has been unable to shoulder the load all on his own. That has left Alvaro Morata picking at scraps up front, and it’s unclear whether the addition of another striker in Cavani could solve Atleti’s goalscoring conundrum.

With two Designated Player slots remaining open, Inter Miami has been linked to a host of big name players in recent weeks, set to begin its first MLS season this coming March. Other names linked with Miami include Monterrey striker Rogelio Funes Mori and Chelsea’s Spanish winger Pedro.

Cavani ‘will go to Atletico Madrid’ if PSG let him leave

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Edinson Cavani has made up his mind and knows which club he will join this month — if Paris Saint-Germain agree to sell, that is — according to the Uruguayan striker’s father.

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Cavani has standing offers to join multiple clubs during the January transfer window, most notably from Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, but the most difficult hurdle appears to be convincing PSG to let him go. According to the player’s father, Luis, Atleti is the 32-year-old’s preferred destination — quotes from Sky Sports:

“He wants to join another club in Europe. That would please me that he plays here (at Atletico), yes. (Diego) Simeone wants him now (in January). The head coach of Paris Saint-Germain has also said he needs him to help compete in the Champions League.

“But PSG do not want him to go to Atletico Madrid if he finds an agreement. I think there is a strong chance he will go to Atletico, the option to join the club (Atletico) always remains in June.

“There are lots of other clubs but when you give your word to a team, you respect it. If tomorrow, if he is available and Atletico still want him, I think he will sign. He is a player who needs time to play, and today he only plays four or six minutes per game. PSG are treating him unfairly.”

Chelsea’s desire to acquire a goalscorer of Cavani’s caliber will have only increased following the ankle injury suffered by Tammy Abraham, the Blues’ only consistent option at the position, during Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal. The severity of Abraham’s injury is not yet known.

Cavani linked with Man United, Spurs, Chelsea

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Edinson Cavani has handed in a transfer request at Paris Saint-Germain as he’s been linked with a move to Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea in the January window.

PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed that PSG met with Atletico Madrid but that they couldn’t agree a deal with the Spanish club as Cavani’s contract runs out in the summer.

“We’ve always said the same thing. We were hoping he would stay with the club, but today (Sunday) he asked to leave. We’re studying the situation. We’ve had a proposal from Atletico Madrid, but that proposal was not commensurate with the player’s value,” Leonardo said.

Cavani, 32, has also been linked with a move to the LA Galaxy and Inter Miami in recent months as his hip injury in August and subsequent fitness problems has allowed Neymar, Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe to develop a devastating partnership up front for the French champions.

Tottenham’s need for a short-term solution up front is greater than any other club in the Premier League after Jose Mourinho lost Harry Kane until at least April with a serious hamstring injury. Spurs have been working hard to find a solution and Cavani, who turns 33 in February, would surely fit the bill as his characteristics as a player are very similar to Kane.

With Chelsea having Tammy Abraham as their main striker with Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi as back ups, providing competition for Abraham is clearly necessary as Chelsea continue to fire blanks despite dominating games. If they’re going to finish in the top four this season they need to be more clinical in the final third as they’ve now lost to West Ham, Bournemouth, Southampton and Newcastle without scoring.

Frank Lampard admitted that he admires Cavani and refused to rule out a move for the striker this month.

“He’s (Cavani) a great player – I played against him and I always loved his mentality and his attitude. His goal-scoring record speaks for itself. I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see,” Lampard said. “He’s an experienced player but so are many other players out there! We are young as a squad so the idea of bringing in experience is not something I’m looking away from. Sometimes the younger players need a bit of help.”

As for Man United, the news that star striker Marcus Rashford is set to be out for at least the next two months was a hammer blow to their top four hopes as they sit five points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the table. Mason Greenwood is their main back-up option but with Rashford out, Anthony Martial needs to step up to the plate and kick on to replicate his fine start to the season. He didn’t do that against Liverpool in the 2-0 defeat at Anfield and this is what Solskjaer had to say about signing a new striker.

“It might be because the window is open that we look at some short-term deals as well and that could take us through until the summer.”

Who needs Cavani more? There’s no doubt the Uruguayan striker would be a stop-gap signing for all three clubs but his quality is undoubted and his physically style of play would suit the Premier League well.

He is perhaps better suited to Tottenham and Chelsea’s style of play as both rely on a true target man to build off of, while at United their attacking unit is all about pace on the counter, something Cavani doesn’t possess much of any more, bless him. However, given how well Zlatan Ibrahimovic performed at United in 2016-17, maybe the Red Devils will be eager to put their Champions League hopes on the shoulders of another veteran striker from PSG?

Cavani’s record for Napoli and PSG proves he is a world-class striker and if one of Spurs, United or Chelsea sign him this month, their chances of finishing in the top four will sky rocket. That’s how pivotal he could be, if fully fit and ready to empty his tank in Europe for the next few years before heading to Major League Soccer.