News ID: 264698
Published: 0332 GMT January 22, 2020

Cavani set to choose Atlético over Chelsea if deal with PSG is struck

Cavani set to choose Atlético over Chelsea if deal with PSG is struck

Chelsea has been dealt a blow in its search for attacking reinforcements after Edinson Cavani’s father said the striker will join Atlético Madrid if the Spanish club can agree a deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to sign Cavani but it is understood the Uruguayan has already agreed an 18-month deal worth €10 million (£8.5 million) a year with Atlético, which is locked in negotiations with PSG over a fee for the 32-year-old, the Guardian reported.

Cavani, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has fallen down the pecking order at PSG this season and has made it clear he wants to secure a move to Diego Simeone’s side this month.

Atlético is confident of signing Cavani, even though Chelsea is desperate to find quality cover for Tammy Abraham this month, and the Uruguayan’s father has urged PSG to let him leave now rather than make him wait until he is able to depart on a free transfer in the summer. Reports have claimed the French club is holding out for at least £15 million for the former Napoli player. Lampard, who saw Abraham limp off with an ankle injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday night, remains hopeful of capitalizing on Cavani’s unhappiness.

“He wants to join another club in Europe,” Luis Cavani said. “It would please me that he plays here [at Atlético]. Simeone wants him now [in January but] the head coach of Paris Saint-Germain [Thomas Tuchel] has also said he needs him to help compete in the Champions League.

“I think there is a strong chance he will go to Atlético. The option to join the club always remains in June. There are lots of other clubs but when you give your word to a team, you respect it. If tomorrow, if he is available and Atlético still want him, I think he will sign. He is a player who needs time to play and today, he only plays four or six minutes per game. PSG are treating him unfairly.”

Lampard is desperate to improve his attacking options and Chelsea’s manager signaled his interest in Cavani before the draw with Arsenal. “He’s a great player,” Lampard said. “I played against him and I always loved his mentality. Obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself. I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see. The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m not absolutely looking away from. Sometimes the young players need a little bit of help.”



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