Neymar Reportedly Wants Edinson Cavani Sale After PSG Penalty Dispute

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2017

Paris Saint Germain's Edinson Cavani, left, and Neymar look on prior to shoot a free kick during their French League One soccer match between PSG and Olympique Lyon at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Francois Mori/Associated Press

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has reportedly demanded the club sell Edinson Cavani after the pair's set-piece disputes on Sunday. 

The duo appeared to argue over who should take a penalty in the 2-0 win over Lyon in Ligue 1, as well as other free-kicks in the game.

Cavani eventually got his way with the penalty but saw his effort saved by Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes; according to Sport (h/t Will Griffee of MailOnline), Neymar isn't happy.

"Neymar has already communicated to Nasser Al-Khelaifi that his coexistence with Cavani is totally impossible and he has asked for the transfer of the Uruguayan striker," the report read.

In the aftermath of Sunday's game more reports have emerged about tension between the duo. As noted by AFP's Tom Williams, L'Equipe suggested the pair had to be kept apart in the dressing room after the game:

Tom Williams @tomwfootball

Trouble in paradise? @lequipe says Neymar and Cavani had to be kept apart in changing room after arguing about set-piece duties against Lyon https://t.co/Q8dos8C1Ab

Meanwhile, PSG manager Unai Emery alluded to some issues, as he told the pair to "sort it out" when asked about their disagreements, per Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC.

Having landed Neymar for a world-record fee in the summer and then snapped up Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco, there's been a building positivity around the Parc des Princes in recent weeks. 

PSG's attacking play has been irresistible at times this season.
PSG's attacking play has been irresistible at times this season.ALAIN JOCARD/Getty Images

The team have been performing to a high standard, with Neymar dazzling, Mbappe settling in well and Cavani leading the line with his brand of physical play. 

As noted by Squawka Football, ahead of the game against Lyon the trio had been potent in the final third:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar have started two games together this season. Cavani ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ Neymar ⚽️⚽️🅰️🅰️ Mbappé ⚽️⚽️🅰️ https://t.co/zNHg6PvTts

There will be a close focus on Neymar and Cavani when they take to the field against Montpellier on Saturday.

However, Bleacher Report's Gianni Verschueren is unsure the situation is quite as drastic as is being made out:

Gianni Verschueren @ReverschPass

SPORT embarrassing themselves with some of these reports on the "Neymar - Edinson Cavani" feud.

Both Neymar and Cavani will be desperate to make an individual impression, and a penalty in a match is one of the easiest ways to do so.

The Brazil international has arrived as the most expensive player in history and has a £200 million price tag to live up to. Giving Neymar the benefit of the doubt, his desire to take the penalty may be based on his determination to succeed rather than something more juvenile.

The Uruguayan, meanwhile, has been the main man at PSG since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left in 2016, and he has thrived with that responsibility on his shoulders. Should Les Parisiens be awarded a spot-kick on Saturday, it will be intriguing to see if Cavani does relinquish some of that.


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