Atletico Madrid have threatened to spark a bidding war for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani after one coach confirmed their interest in signing him.
The Uruguayan in unhappy at Parc des Princes and looks set to depart in the summer. Laurent Blanc has been unable to manage the 28-year-old since signing him from Napoli in 2013 in a French record deal worth £46m.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has remained the first-choice striker despite Cavani's best efforts and now he looks set to depart the French capital just two years after arriving with his reputation significantly damaged.
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Premier League interest
Arsenal were linked with the striker earlier this week when The Mail claimed that PSG had sounded out a number of Premier League clubs over Cavani. They were offering him for £35 million, which was enough to keep Arsene Wenger interested.
Manchester United have been linked as well with the Daily Star claiming Louis van Gaal is ready to blow a significant chunk of his £150m budget to replace Radamel Falcao. But while the fortunes of the Premier League looked set to win the race for Cavani, Atletico are not frightened to throw their hat into the ring.
Atletico coach Oscar Ortega is quoted in The Mirror as saying: “An interest for Cavani? Yes, there is. Let’s hope it is done seeing what he could bring to us.”
It is the first confirmation of any kind that a club is ready to try and save Cavani from his Paris nightmare. All that is left is to see whether Diego Simeone confirms this claim and whether the Madrid club have enough money to convince PSG to sell.
A money game
That's where they are likely to fall short. Atletico enjoy a fraction of the income of Premier League clubs and they will not be able to compete with the likes of Manchester United, City and Arsenal if they decide to compete.
Not only that, but the Premier League offers a much richer bounty of competition and that is likely to draw Cavani towards these shores. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid would be able to offer Cavani similar money.
So while Atletico Madrid may be interested, they have little hope of signing him once other clubs compete.
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