Edinson Cavani v Neymar
PSG’s problems may have to get worse before they get better.
A fortnight ago, a ruckus blew up on the pitch between PSG’s two South American forwards, Edinson Cavani and Neymar.
In a 2-0 win over Lyon, Cavani and Neymar has two dust-ups on the pitch.
Firstly, Dani Alves stopped Cavani taking a free-kick, before Neymar took control of the set-play.
PSG later won a penalty. Neymar wanted to take it, but Cavani shooed the world’s most expensive player away from the scene. Cavani then saw his spot-kick saved.
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) September 18, 2017
Montpellier 0 – PSG 0
Last weekend, without Neymar, PSG dropped their first points of the Ligue 1 season.
They were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw away at Montpellier.
Cavani missed a great chance to hit the target in the match when he completely missed the ball in the box.
The result means that PSG only have a one point lead over Monaco in the French top flight.
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) September 23, 2017
Cavani rejects PSG cash
This week PSG return to Champions League action with a huge match ahead.
On Tuesday night Bayern Munich arrive in the French capital.
PSG’s preparations for the game look likely to be shrouded in more stories of the fallout between Cavani and Neymar, after Spanish paper El Pais have claimed PSG tried to pay Cavani off.
It’s claimed that Cavani has turned down a €1 million bonus to allow Neymar to take PSG’s penalties.
The Uruguayan striker would receive the bonus for finishing the season as Ligue 1’s top goalscorer, but PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi reportedly has offered to pay out that sum — whether or not Cavani finishes atop the scoring charts — if he surrenders penalty duties to his Brazilian team-mate.
But Cavani has rejected that offer.
El Pais also report that Al-Khelaifi has tried to speak to Neymar about his attitude in the Cavani dispute.
It’s claimed Neymar was asked to back down over insisting on taking PSG’s penalties.
But, according to El Pais, Neymar has rejected that suggestion as the Brazilian makes a stand at his new club.