Atletico Madrid have bid turned down by PSG as other clubs join the race to sign Edinson Cavani.
Atletico Madrid have been trying to sign Edinson Cavani ever since Diego Costa went down with a back injury. They had reportedly reached an agreement with the striker but not with Paris-Saint Germain.
Cavani’s desire is to leave PSG as he’s no longer first-choice. The French club are willing to let him leave for the right price.
According to ESPN, they’ve already turned down an offer from Atletico.
“We’re studying the situation,” said Leonardo, PSG’s sporting director. “We have received an offer from Atletico Madrid, it was not accepted — it did not match the player’s value.”
Leonardo reiterated that the club’s hope is that the player would stay but admitted Cavani himself has asked to leave.
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel also said that he does not know if Cavani will be a PSG player come February. As it stands, the most likely outcome is the Uruguayan will leave PSG.
The question then becomes where will his next destination be.
As Leonardo said, they already rejected a bid from Atletico Madrid. Marca report that the amount PSG turned down was €10 million. The bad news for Atletico is they are not the only team chasing the 32-year old striker.
Both Chelsea and Tottenham are rumored to be interested in Cavani as well. Spurs need someone to replace Harry Kane who is out with a hamstring injury and Chelsea need a back-up to Tammy Abraham as Olivier Giroud is likely to leave the club.
“He’s great player. 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.”
Cavani’s desire may be to play in La Liga and join Atletico Madrid but at the end of the day, if he is to leave, PSG’s desire will be to sell him to the highest bidder. There is no denying the drawing power of the Premier League and the fact that English teams can pay more than some of their counterparts.
The market for a striker is high right now with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona also searching for replacements because of injuries.
If the chase for Cavani turns into a bidding war, Atletico may find themselves pushed out unless they sell some of their players first.