Leonardo Confirms Edinson Cavani Wants PSG Transfer; Atletico Madrid Make Offer

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2020

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 12: Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint Germain during the French League 1  match between Paris Saint Germain v AS Monaco at the Parc des Princes on January 12, 2020 in Paris France (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has asked to leave the club in January, sporting director Leonardo has confirmed.

Cavani has been consistently linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 giants of late after falling down the pecking order at the Parc des Princes following Mauro Icardi's summer arrival.

After PSG's win over Lorient in the Coupe de France on Sunday, Leonardo said the Uruguayan wants a fresh challenge after six-and-a-half years in Paris and Atletico Madrid have already made their interest known, per Andrew Steel of Goal:

"We always said the same thing for Cavani. We hoped that he would stay at the club. Today, he asked to leave. We are studying the situation.

"We had a proposal from Atletico Madrid. We did not have a proposal worthy of the player's worth. [But] I'm not sure Cavani will be here in February.

"Today, there is nothing [to say he will leave]. But he has made the proposal to leave. We've never thought about selling him before. 

"We will see how it turns out in the coming days, but we are listening to Cavani because we respect him. It's a little clearer now, with him at the end of his contract."

Per French football writer Jonathan Johnson, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said he was unsure whether the striker would be at the club come February:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel in press conference post-Coupe de France win away at Lorient: "I do not know if Edinson Cavani will be here in February. We do not know what will happen tomorrow -- anything can happen. You want to discuss it, but I do not. Ask Leonardo."

Manchester United and Chelsea have also been tentatively linked, although according to Jason Burt of the Daily Telegraph, there isn't serious interest from either club:

Jason Burt @JBurtTelegraph

PSG expect Edinson Cavani to stay until the summer when his contact expires with his most likely destination being Atletico Madrid. They are prepared to let him go without a fee then. I’m told they’ve not heard from Manchester United or Chelsea.

Cavani has been a crucial player for PSG down the years and has helped them to become the dominant force in France during his time at the club. The Uruguay international has won five French titles and is the club's all-time top goalscorer.

However, a number of injury issues and Icardi's red-hot form have limited the minutes Cavani has played this season. With that in mind, it's no surprise he is open to a new adventure elsewhere.

WhoScored.com provided the numbers behind what has been a disappointing spell: 

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

🇺🇾 Edinson Cavani (PSG) / 32 / AM(L/R), FW Linked to: 👹 Manchester United League stats: 4(5) Apps 2 ⚽️ Goals 3.3 🏹 Shots per 90 6.35 📈 Rating The striker is a free agent in the summer, but should Manchester United push to bring him in this month? https://t.co/TX99nY86jl

At 32, Cavani will feel he still has something to offer at a high level, and it would be fascinating to see him link up with a manager like Diego Simeone in Madrid.

When he's at his best, Cavani is incredibly difficult to handle thanks to his movement and physicality. A new challenge in a fresh environment might trigger an upturn in form too.

The forward's contract expires at the end of the campaign, meaning PSG are likely to lose him for free if he doesn't leave in January. After making his intentions clear, a transfer feels like the most sensible course of action.


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