Edinson Cavani signs for PSG

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Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani from SSC Napoli for a fee of around €63m, according to

The highly sought-after striker is PSG's first major signing of the post-Carlo Ancelotti era, with French coach Laurent Blanc now in charge, and joins the Parc des Princes after spending three successful seasons at the San Paolo ground.

At the age of 26, Cavani has scored over 150 career goals - for boyhood club Danubio FC, followed by the Serie A sides Palermo and Napoli - and is expected to go from strength to strength in the coming years as a seasoned European player.

Cavani, who passed a medical with the French champions yesterday, had long been tipped with a move to one of football's elite clubs and has defied interest from Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City to join PSG's multimillion pound squad.

The national record-breaking transfer fee ultimately paid by the Parisians is a further sign of their intent for the upcoming season, as the club seeks to improve on its quarter final defeat to Barcelona in last season's UEFA Champions League.

Cavani is expected to be a crucial part of his new manager's plans for the 2013/14 campaign, as Blanc aims to "do as well as last year, if not better", and is expected to travel with the rest of the squad to PSG's pre-season tour of Austria on Thursday.

As well as claiming the Ligue 1 title in May, PSG were considered by many to have cemented their place as a dominant European force, helped largely by their ability to secure a wave of talented, big-name signings each transfer window.

However, Cavani's prolific goalscoring and immense work-rate should help him live up to the the likes of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic within the Paris Saint-Germain setup.


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