James Olley of the Evening Standard has provided an insight into the financial stumbling blocks holding up a potential Edinson Cavani move to Chelsea.
Cavani wants out
Speculation surrounding the future of PSG hitman Cavani has been rampant this month.
This comes with the soon-to-be 33-year-old majorly struggling for game-time at the Parc des Princes to this point in the campaign.
Since Mauro Icardi’s loan arrival from Inter Milan, Cavani has been afforded starts in just 4 Ligue 1 fixtures.
As such, it came as little surprise when word arrived yesterday afternoon that the Uruguayan international had submitted an official transfer request:
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo says Edinson Cavani has handed in a transfer request.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 20, 2020
Atleti the front-runners
With just shy of 200 goals racked up in his 6-and-a-half seasons in Paris, and just 6 months remaining on his current deal, a host of clubs are unsurprisingly rumoured to be eyeing Cavani’s signature.
The outfit most persistently-tipped as a landing spot for the hitman, meanwhile, have been Atletico Madrid.
In fact, it has even been claimed that a pre-contract agreement is already in place for Cavani to make the move to the Spanish capital in the summer, upon the expiration of his deal with PSG.
Chelsea’s pursuit stalling
Other suitors, though, are known to be keen on thrashing out a deal for the former Napoli man this month, to avail of Cavani’s goalscoring prowess over the second-half of the season.
And, as outlined above, details of one such club’s pursuit have this evening emerged online.
The outfit in question are Premier League giants Chelsea.
On the back of Frank Lampard’s refusal to rule out a move for Cavani during a press conference yesterday afternoon, James Olley of the Evening Standard has provided an insight into the possibility of the South American making the move to Stamford Bridge this month.
While the Blues are said to be ‘exploring’ Cavani’s potential signing, the major stumbling block, as things stand, is the steep financial outlay involved.
As well as PSG demanding £15 million for a 32-year-old with less than half a season remaining on his contract, it is explained that:
‘Cavani earns in excess of £360,000-a-week and it is understood he wants a minimum 18-month contract. That works out at approximately £19m per season and added to a hefty signing-on fee, the total outlay could easily surpass £50m for a player who turns 33 next month.’
Chelsea’s move for Edinson Cavani held back by striker’s wage demands
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) January 21, 2020
As such, any club with hopes of securing Cavani’s signature before the winter transfer window slams shut next week will have to pay up, or risk missing out.