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Hands off! Chelsea target not for sale, claim European giants

Edinson Cavani will not leave Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, according to the club’s president.

Paris Saint-Germain have reiterated that star striker Edinson Cavani is not for sale this summer.

The Uruguay international joined PSG from Napoli at the start of the season on a five-year contract in a move reported to be worth €64 million (£55 million).

The 27-year-old arrived in France having established himself as one of the most clinical and lethal strikers in Europe and was supposed to push the Ligue 1 champions towards Champions League glory.

There were doubts on whether Cavani would be able to fit in alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and those doubts have proved to be justified. For much of the season, the striker has played to the Swedish striker and not with him, often featuring down the wings instead of getting a more central role.

However, Cavani has still managed to score 16 goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances, four in the Coupe de la Ligue and as many in the Champions League. There have been suggestions that the former Palermo man is not entirely happy with his situation in France, and that he would be open to a move when the transfer window comes into life at the end of the season.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has always stated that his star assets are not for sale, and he has once again made it clear that Cavani will not leave the Parc des Princes.

‘Cavani? He will stay here - he has a contract with us’, he told Canal+.

Cavani has most strongly been linked with a move to Chelsea. Blues manager Jose Mourinho is looking for a striker and there have been reports that a deal to sign Diego Costa has been struck with Atletico Madrid. However, the Premier League giants will need one more top-class centre-forward to challenge on all fronts next season, and Cavani could still be in the mix.

With Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba all set to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer and Romelu Lukaku unlikely to play under Mourinho, there is every chance that the Blues could make a move for Cavani.

Whether or not Chelsea will be successful in their bid is another matter altogether.

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