Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani has joined French side Paris Saint Germain from Napoli for a French record fee of £55m.

Cavani was the top scorer in the Italian Serie A last year, and has signed a five year contract with the French champions.

The 26-year-old has long been the subject of transfer rumours, with English clubs such as Manchester City and Chelsea reported to have been interested in the striker.

But Paris Saint Germain have been among the big spenders in recent seasons, since being backed by the wealthy Qatar Sports Investments.

Cavani joins some of the most high profile of their signings, along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura and even David Beckham.

But the French club have endured a turbulent time of late, with the departure of Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid and the resignation of sporting director Leonardo, and club President Nasser Al-Khelaifi sees the signing as the boost needed by the fans.

Cavani said in a statement: "I'd like to thank everyone who made this transfer possible.

"I come here with lots of joy, lots of confidence, lots of hunger and lots of motivation to win major trophies."

Al-Khelaifi added: "We are especially happy to present such a hugely coveted player of immense talent to our supporters.

"The player was seduced by the club's sporting project and [he] is delighted to be joining an ambitious side, impatient to take on new challenges" said the Qatari businessman.

Cavani is expected to partner Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to create one of the most potent attacking forces in European football.

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