Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up the possibility of signing Edinson Cavani from PSG in the winter transfer window.
According to a report in Spanish publication Don Balon, Florentino Perez will make a move for Edinson Cavani in January if the goalscoring problem persists at Real Madrid. PSG are open to selling the Uruguayan striker as well, but Zinedine Zidane is keen on blocking the move.
Cavani is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, having been a prolific powerhouse, first in Italy with Palermo and Napoli, and now at PSG. With Les Parisiens, the player did struggle at times with Zlatan Ibrahimovic the preferred first-choice striker, but has now established himself as a pivotal figure.
His impact was prevalent last season as Cavani scored a staggering 49 goals in 50 appearances, while also providing six assists. The Uruguay international has started the 2017-18 season with a bang as well, with 11 goals and 2 assists in 11 outings across all competitions.
However, he has also been mired in some unpleasant controversy in the early stages of the season, with an on-field spat with summer arrival Neymar recently putting his future at Parc des Princes under a cloud.
While the two seem to have buried the hatchet, PSG are still open to selling Cavani to maintain a good atmosphere in the dressing room, and Real Madrid could come swooping in for the player in January.
Edinson Cavani has now scored 11 goals in 11 games across all competitions for PSG this season.
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The Spanish and European champions have started the season slowly, having uncharacteristically struggled in front of goal. Karim Benzema, in particular, has been culpable of spurning some very open chances, while the others have failed to convert as well.
Zinedine Zidane, too, has gone on record to state that he is short of a striker in his squad, following the departure of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea. Therefore, Cavani is a viable option for Real Madrid to consider, with Florentino Perez set to make a move for him if Zidane’s men continue to struggle in front of goal.
However, Zidane is opposed to the idea of pursuing a deal for Cavani as he still continues to impose his faith in Benzema. Moreover, Cristiano Ronaldo, too, is against Real Madrid making the move for the player as he does not want increased competition in attack, particularly up front, where he is eyeing a future role.
Cavani, though, is open to the idea of leaving PSG if the right opportunity presents itself, and it remains to be seen if a possible move to Real Madrid sees the light of the day, or if Zidane and Ronaldo get their wish.