Premier League side Chelsea have reportedly make an offer for the loan signing of Paris Saint-Germain Edinson Cavani until the end of the season.
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 the 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 possibility 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.
It is understood 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.
According to The Times, Chelsea are said to have now followed up their interest with an official bid. The club are ready to pay Cavani’s £360,000 a week wages and pay the Ligue 1 champions at least £5m to allow the forward to depart this month. Chelsea’s offer would cost the club in excess of £12m until the end of the season, at which point the veteran would become a free agent.
Lampard had always hoped to add to his attacking options this month, but an injury to Tammy Abraham late on in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal has accelerated the move for Cavani. The England hitman limped through the end of the game at Stamford Bridge after crashing into the advertising hoardings and hurting his ankle.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are optimistic over the fitness of Tammy Abraham after the striker needed to be helped off the pitch following the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday, having collided with the advertising hoardings late on.
Abraham — the club’s top scorer this season with 15 goals — was having a precautionary scan on an ankle on Wednesday but the initial signs were said to be promising.