Premier League side Chelsea have contacted Paris Saint-Germain to discuss the possibility of bringing striker Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge this month.
Cavani’s contract expires at the end of the season but the Uruguayan striker wants to leave during the January transfer window, The Uruguayan who turns 33 in February, joined PSG from Napoli in 2013 for £55m and has scored 195 goals in 269 appearances. The striker has also gone on to win different trophies for PSG during his seven-years spell.
The Blues are on the lookout for a new striker to compete with current first choice option Tammy Abraham. Michy Batshuayi is yet to really impress, while Olivier Giroud is expected to leave and join Inter before the transfer window closes.
Futballnews reports that Cavani submitted a transfer request to PSG on Sunday, informing the club of his desire to leave the French capital. And according to The Telegraph, the Blues have made an initial approach for the Uruguayan striker.
Atletico Madrid have already met with PSG over the possibilty of signing the striker and a personal agreement has already been reached between Atleti and the striker. But the Spanish club failed with a bid to sign him, and it was believed that PSG wanted a significant fee to part ways with Cavani.
The Times claim that PSG would want close to £23m, and Chelsea are ready to offer the striker an 18-month contract to head to Stamford Bridge. Tottenham and Manchester United have also been linked with the Uruguayan, but it appears as though Chelsea are eager to fight their way to the front of the queue for his signature.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, during a press conference on Monday, said that he might make a move for Cavani, admitting he was a huge fan of the Uruguayan. Lampard has made no secret of his desire to sign a new forward this month due to Chelsea’s problems breaking down strong opponents.
“He is a great player, I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself. I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see. He’s an experienced player, but so are many others out there,” Lampard said.
“The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m certainly not absolutely looking away from. Sometimes the young players need a little bit of help and if that’s the case, then that may help us.”