French football expert Julien Laurens has told TalkSPORT that any club interested in signing Edinson Cavani would have to pay over £60 million for the striker’s services.
Speaking on Tuesday, Laurens revealed that Cavani is seeking a move away from the French capital, and that his agent has already held talks with English Premier League teams.
“He has spoken to Manchester United and Chelsea, who they first talked to back in January, but if PSG were to sell him they probably wouldn’t sell for less than €70million [around £62million].
The Uruguayan has become frustrated at playing second fiddle to PSG superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as the former Napoli frontman has often found himself playing out wide in Laurent Blanc’s team to accomade the Swede.
Cavani joined the Club last summer in a deal worth upto £60 million, and has still scored an impressive 16 goals in 30 appearances despite mainly being deployed from the wing.
The striker failed to impress during the World Cup which would’ve added even more value on to the already hefty price tag placed on the forward’s head. Although, overall his international record is still impressive, with 22 goals in 63 appearances.
Laurens admits that the price is high for Cavani, but if a club was to meet the asking price then it’s likely that the forward would leave for pastures new.
“If a team would be happy to pay that money then I think Cavani would be ready to talk, but such a high figure may put a lot of teams off.”
It’s difficult to see where Cavani would fit in at either Manchester United or Chelsea. With Van Gaal taking the reigns at Manchester United, it’s expected he’ll keep faith in compatriot and national team captain Robin Van Persie upfront.
Chelsea have also yesterday confirmed the capture of Diego Costa on a five year contract, so any move for Cavani from either team would again possibly see him be played out of position, and at 27 years old, Cavani is about to hit his peak so would want to play in his more natural position wherever he ends up come the start of the new season.