Manchester United and Chelsea’s hopes of signing Edinson Cavani this summer have been dealt a blow with the news that Paris Saint-Germain will increase the prolific striker’s €478,000-a-month wages in order to keep him at the Parc des Princes beyond this season.
Cavani joined French champions PSG in a £53m deal from Napoli last summer, but was reportedly unhappy at the club after being deployed in a wide role by PSG coach Laurent Blanc. The Uruguay international’s favoured position is at centre-forward, where he feels most comfortable, but he has been forced to play wide-right because of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s presence.
However, ahead of this evening’s Champions League last 16 second leg between PSG and Bayer Leverkusen, Blanc has insisted that Cavani is happy in Paris. And Le Parisien claim that the 27-year-old will be offered an increase on his €478,000-a-month wages in a bid to persuade him to stay put with the Ligue 1 outfit.
"It's you who create the rumours about Cavani," Blanc told a news conference. "The player is injured so he can't respond on the pitch. He has some personal problems added to that, and people take advantage to create a Cavani problem. However, the player is happy here."
Both Manchester United and Chelsea are expected to be in the market for a new world-class striker this summer. Jose Mourinho has made no secret of the fact that he wants a new goalscorer, while United boss David Moyes could be forced into action in the summer transfer market if Javier Hernandez and/or Robin van Persie leave Old Trafford.