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Chelsea ready to increase Edinson Cavani's wages

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Chelsea have maintained a long-term interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and could offer him an exit route this summer, reports France Football.

The 28-year-old has struggled to settle in Paris since his £55million move from Napoli in 2013. PSG boss Laurent Blanc and Cavani are believed to have a strained relationship, which is set to come to and end this summer.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been the first-choice striker throughout the last two seasons, forcing the Uruguayan to play out of position on the left wing. As a result, he looks set to leave Parc des Princes.

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Premier League interest

Manchester United and Arsenal have also been linked with a move with The Mail claiming PSG are ready to take a £20m hit on the price they paid. Chelsea will make it a trio of Premier League clubs chasing the player, if the report from France is to be believed.

The report is based on the confirmed interest from Atletico Madrid. The Spanish club need a new frontman with Diego Simeone still searching for Diego Costa's replacement. However, there is some doubt as to whether Cavani would accept a cut on his £140,000-a-week (£7.35m-a-year) wages to move to the Vicente Calderon.

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Wage increase

It is also speculated that the Premier League is the only place that has enough money to offer him an increase on his current wages. A club like Chelsea have the financial power to do so.

It would be a surprise to see Jose Mourinho go after Cavani because he already has one of the world's deadliest strikers at his disposal. Costa joined from Atletico Madrid last summer and is currently battling Harry Kane for the Premier League golden boot.

The Brazilian-born Spain international has been a terrific success and is backed up by Loic Remy and Didier Drogba. Both of whom have proved more than capable of scoring goals for Chelsea.

Added competition

However, Mourinho is no stranger to having two world-class performers in the same position. He has managed to keep Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech together and has reaped the rewards of having such healthy competition.

Courtois, as first choice, has had to perform at his very best to keep his spot and it seems Mourinho wants to do the same with his striker. Costa's form has dropped significantly in the second half of the season and that may be because of the lack of challenges coming from Remy and Drogba.

Cavani would push Costa to stay at the top of his game. However, Cavani knows all too well what it means to come to a club with significant competition. He may have doubts over the idea of challenging Costa having already struggled to displace Ibrahimovic.

Could Jose Mourinho keep two world-class strikers happy or should he invest his transfer budget into another area of the team? Give us your views in the comment box below!

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