Chelsea have reportedly submitted a bid to sign Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani on loan from PSG for the remainder of the season.
According to a report by The Times, Chelsea have stepped up their bid to secure the services of Edinson Cavani in the January transfer window. The Premier League heavyweights have made a bid to land the Uruguayan international on loan for the rest of the season, offering to pay his wages in their entirety as well as a loan fee.
Edinson Cavani joined PSG from Napoli in the summer of 2013 and has since gone on to become an all-time great for the French outfit. The player with the most number of goals in the club’s history, the Uruguayan international had been one of the leading lights at Parc des Princes for the last six seasons.
However, the current campaign has been one mired in frustration for the 32-year-old, who has had to play second fiddle to on-loan striker Mauro Icardi thus far. Cavani has started just 6 of the 32 games that PSG have played this season, amassing a mere 568 minutes of action. And, his situation with Les Parisiens has piqued the interest of Chelsea.
Signing a striker has reportedly been the priority for Chelsea ever since their transfer ban was lifted by CAS. The Blues have been linked with Moussa Dembele, Timo Werner and others, with Cavani being the latest to have emerged as a target for the club.
The need to sign a striker does seem to be imperative for Chelsea, seeing as Tammy Abraham has shouldered the bulk of the scoring responsibility till date this term. Indeed, Jorginho, a holding midfielder, is second behind Abraham in this season’s list of goalscorers for Chelsea, which makes for an alarming situation for the West Londoners.
With Michy Batshuayi failing to step up of late and Olivier Giroud seemingly not in the manager’s plans, Cavani has emerged as a viable target for Chelsea in the wake of the ankle injury sustained by Abraham this week. The Blues, though, are reportedly facing stiff competition from Manchester United and Atletico Madrid in pursuit of the player.
Having said that, Chelsea have made their move to land the Uruguayan international, albeit on loan. The Premier League heavyweights have offered to pay his £360,000-a-week wages in their entirety in addition to a loan fee, which ought to be around £5 million.
However, it will be interesting to see if Chelsea’s offer to sign Cavani on loan for the remainder of the season is accepted by PSG, who want to sell the 32-year-old, who handed in a transfer request this week. It now remains to be seen if the Blues can secure the services of the star striker or if they are forced to turn their attention elsewhere.