Manchester United have reportedly make an offer for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is set for a move to Atletico Madrid. The Uruguayan did not feature in PSG’s 2-0 win over Lille on Sunday amid continued speculation surrounding his future.
Cavani’s contract with PSG expires at the end of the season and has handed in a transfer request in order to push through a move this month. Due to his lack of regular playing time, the Uruguayan has expressed his desire to leave the French capital.
The PSG star has fallen down the pecking order at the club due to the summer arrival of Mauro Icardi on loan from Inter Milan and a series of injuries that have affected him this season. Cavani has not played for PSG since January 12, with the French champions still publicly claiming that he is injured.
The Uruguayan, who turns 33 in February, joined PSG from Napoli in 2013 for £55m and has scored 195 goals in 269 appearances. He has only made nine Ligue 1 appearances this season and has played just 14 times in all competitions this season, scoring on five occasions. Cavani has also gone on to win different trophies for PSG during his seven-years spell.
According to The Athletic, a a potential move for Cavani now seems dead in the water due to United’s concerns over his salary and fitness. He has also reportedly rejected the offer to move to Old Trafford and is looking forward to join Atletico Madrid.
Spanish publication Marca add that Atlectico manager Diego Simeone has urged his side to bring in Cavani to solve their goal-scoring issues, but their £7.5million (€10m) valuation currently falls short of the Parisians’ demands. He is however keen to do a deal before Friday’s transfer deadline.
The PSG forward also been linked Chelsea. Manager Frank Lampard refused to rule out a move for the Uruguayan last week, but the Wanda Metropolitano still seems likely to be Cavani’s next destination.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, PSG manager Thomas Tuchel said that he did not pick Cavani in his squad to face Lille due to his current situation.
He said: “He has been training with us for the past few days, but the situation is not clear for him either.