PSG Transfer News: Thomas Tuchel Downplays Edinson Cavani to Real Madrid Rumours

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani reacts during the French Cup final football match between Les Herbiers and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), on May 8, 2018 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Thomas Tuchel thinks Edinson Cavani will resist any possible move to Real Madrid in order to stay a Paris Saint-Germain player. Tuchel spoke after Les Parisiens beat Atletico Madrid 3-2 in Singapore at the 2018 International Champions Cup on Monday.

According to his manager, Cavani isn't acting like a player who wants to leave the French capital, per Marca: "I think that he is going to stay here, no one has said anything to me and I think he will stay. It hasn't crossed our minds that he will go, I spoke to him and he hasn't shown any interest about moving."

Uruguay international Cavani has been heavily linked with Real recently. Spanish source AS (h/t Alec Shilton of the Sun) called Real Cavani's "dream destination."

The feeling is reciprocated, according to Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports News (h/t Jack Wilson of the Sunday Express), who reported Los Blancos see Cavani as a viable alternative to Chelsea winger Eden Hazard.

Replacing Cristiano Ronaldo is Real's priority.
Replacing Cristiano Ronaldo is Real's priority.Sergei Grits/Associated Press

It makes sense both for Real to be keen on Cavani and for Tuchel to want him to stay. From Real's perspective, the 31-year-old centre-forward could be an ideal replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, the club's all-time leading goalscorer who joined Juventus this summer.

While Cavani thrives through the middle, rather than from the left flank like Ronaldo, he is still a prolific source of goals. The former Napoli star netted 35 times in Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League action last season.

In the process, Cavani replaced Zlatan Ibrahimovic in PSG's scoring charts:

His run of consistency in front of goal commands respect:

Numbers like those make it obvious why Tuchel wants to believe Cavani isn't going to leave. Even though he can spurn one-on-one chances, few centre-forwards boast movements as subtle and varied as Cavani. He's a natural focal point up top for Tuchel's slick and artful possession-based game.

As good as he is, though, Cavani is likely to continue being linked with a Real squad needing to replace a lot of goals after Ronaldo's departure.

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