Chelsea have reached out to Paris Saint-Germain to discuss the possibility of bringing striker Edinson Cavani to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are on the lookout for a new striker to compete with current first choice option Tammy Abraham. Michy Batshuayi is yet to really impress, while Olivier Giroud is expected to leave and join Inter before the transfer window closes.
Chelsea had been reluctant to sign a striker just for the sake of it, but after Cavani submitted a transfer request to PSG on Sunday, things have changed. According to The Telegraph, the Blues have made an initial approach to the French side.
Atlético Madrid have already failed with a bid to sign him, and it was believed that PSG wanted a significant fee to part ways with Cavani. However, perhaps because of his transfer request, they are now thought to want just over £10m.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard flirted with the idea of signing Cavani during a press conference on Monday, admitting he was a huge fan of the Uruguayan.
“He is a great player, I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself. I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see. He’s an experienced player, but so are many others out there,” Lampard said.
“The idea of bringing in experience is something I’m certainly not absolutely looking away from. Sometimes the young players need a little bit of help and if that’s the case, then that may help us.”
Another side who are keen on Cavani is Tottenham Hotspur. José Mourinho is also thought to be a huge fan, although the striker’s wages of around £8.5m per year would likely get in the way of any move to the club.
Spurs don’t offer that kind of money to anyone, especially not a 32-year-old who would be backup to Harry Kane next season, so a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium seems unlikely at this point.
Manchester United have also been linked with the Uruguayan, but it appears as though Chelsea are eager to fight their way to the front of the queue for his signature.
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