Rumours that Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is unhappy about being played out of position at Paris Saint-Germain have been spreading for several weeks now, and on Tuesday, the attacker confirmed his displeasure at his current predicament in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe (via ESPN.co.uk).
The former Napoli man said:
I have to give the best, regardless of the position. But no, it is not always easy. I'm good in Paris, but there are some things that I'll have to talk to the club about.
Certain things should be done differently. Today I defend a lot, I have another idea of what my role in the team should be. As an attacker I am used to finishing attacks and scoring and today I must perform other tasks. No, it is not easy, it's true.
I do not want to talk about sacrifice, because I am happy putting the effort in. But today I hold a more defensive role than before. I am more like a defender and it is more difficult because, when I arrived, I had other ideas.
Cavani, who is rumoured to be a transfer target for both Chelsea and Manchester United, as reported by The Daily Mail's Simon Jones and Chris Wheeler, joined the French champions in the summer of 2013 for a fee of £54 million and has been highly productive for Les Bleus, scoring 18 goals in 31 total matches (per Whoscored.com).
But the Uruguayan is a natural fit in the centre of the pitch, where he can use his aerial abilities and goalscoring instincts to devastating effects. While Cavani is very athletic for a lone striker, he lacks the pure speed and dribbling skills to shine as a winger.
PSG already field one of the world's top strikers in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and it seems unlikely the Swedish international will be played out of position to accommodate Cavani.
Andrew Gibney only had to take one look at the team's formation earlier this season to realise there would be trouble:
Despite being played out of position, Cavani was enjoying a solid first season in the French capital and had remained quiet on the subject of a possible move away from the club. With the club experimenting with a move to a 4-3-1-2 in order to get the most out of their two strikers, it seemed like the issue would resolve itself.
Cavani's comments to L'Equipe indicate things won't be so simple, though.
The Uruguayan's words opened the door for a possible transfer as he admitted he was a fan of the English Premier League, saying, "I like it," and adding he was unaware whether his agent had been in London in February.
Both Chelsea and Manchester United could use a player of Cavani's caliber, as the Blues have lacked an ace goalscorer this season and United have struggled through one of their worst campaigns in recent years.
While it may be premature to talk about a potential move for the attacker, who only joined PSG less than a year ago, it's worth keeping an eye on whether the player's attitude toward the club causes any problems in the dressing room in the next few weeks.
If that's the case, Les Bleus have enough financial firepower to be able to afford another big-money signing for a winger, making a move for Cavani more of a possibility.