Paris Saint Germain sporting director Leonardo says Edinson Cavani has handed in a transfer request. Cavani’s contract expires at the end of the season but the Uruguayan striker wants to leave during the January transfer window.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel opened the door to Edinson Cavani leaving the Ligue 1 leaders in January, amid rumours linking him to Manchester United. United were reportedly offered the chance to sign the Uruguay international in the January transfer window, with Cavani starting just four matches in France’s top flight this season. Tottenham Hotspur and Atletico Madrid are among the clubs also linked with an approach for the 32-year-old and a move looks as if it come to fruition if Tuchel’s latest comments are anything to go by. Asked about the striker’s future after PSG’s 1-0 win over Lorient, Tuchel replied: ‘I am not sure that Edinson Cavani will be here in February.’ However, it appears that Atletico Madrid are in pole position to land Cavani – who has expressed his desire to leave the French capital – despite having a bid rejected.
Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin met with PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi in Paris on Tuesday to discuss a deal for Cavani, but Leonardo says their offer was rejected. Leonardo said: “We’ve always said the same thing. We were hoping he would stay with the club, but today (Sunday) he asked to leave. “We’re studying the situation. We’ve had a proposal from Atletico Madrid, but that proposal was not commensurate with the player’s value.” Cavani, who turns 33 in February, joined PSG from Napoli in 2013 for £55m and has scored 195 goals in 269 appearances.