‘Edinson Cavani will stay and is not for sale’. That’s the latest message coming out of the Paris Saint-Germain camp.
The Uruguay international has been linked with a move away from PSG despite signing for the French champions only last summer. The 27-year-old arrived in Paris from Napoli with the reputation of being one of the world’s best and most lethal strikers.
However, Cavani was always going to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and exactly that has happened under coach Laurent Blanc this season. The former Palermo striker has been deployed on the wings and has played to Ibra rather than with him. Despite this and injury problems, he has scored 16 goals and provided two assists in 25 Ligue 1 starts, helping PSG win the title for the second season in a row.
There are still doubts on whether Cavani is completely happy in the French capital. He wants to play as a central striker, but with Ibrahimovic showing no signs of slowing down despite being 32 years of age, it looks unlikely that he will get to feature in his desired position anytime soon.
This has led to reports that Chelsea could swoop in and persuade Cavani to leave Paris for London, and in the wake of Diego Costa – another of Blues manager Jose Mourinho’s reported target – picking up a hamstring injury on Saturday, there are suggestions that the Premier League club could be looking to step up their pursuit of the star Uruguayan.
Moreover, with UEFA pressing on with their Financial Fair Play policy and imposing fines on PSG, there have been suggestions that the French giants may have to sell players to recoup some of the money.
However, the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has insisted that Cavani is not for sale, while also revealing that he wants Alex to stay for one more year at least.
The former Chelsea centre-back’s current contract at PSG runs out next month and he has yet to agree on a new deal.
‘We've accepted UEFA's sanctions and it's not down to me to say whether they're fair or not’, Al-Khelaifi told Le Parisien. ‘We will buy the players we want to buy. We don't need many players as we've already got very strong players. Cavani will stay and I want Alex to sign on for another year’.
Pretty defiant from Al-Khelaifi, and it is clear that PSG do not need to sell any player because of financial problems. However, it will be interesting to see if Cavani actually wants to depart and if Chelsea – if indeed they want him – can persuade him to leave the French champions and join a club who finished third in the Premier League.