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Long-time Chelsea target Edinson Cavani no longer interested in leaving Paris Saint-Germain — report

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According to French newspaper L’Équipe (via Daily Mail), veteran striker and long-time Chelsea target Edinson Cavani, long-expected to be leaving PSG at the end of the season, is now keen on renewing his stay instead — following a trend increasingly seen all around Europe, with players more likely to stay with current teams as the COVID-19 pandemic makes it economic impact on the transfer market.

Cavani was one of the biggest stories of the winter transfer window. At the time he was linked with several clubs, including Chelsea, who have been following him for the better part of a decade. In January, the race for Cavani was reportedly won by Atlético Madrid, but the deal did not go through after the two teams couldn’t agree on a fee.

L’Équipe claims that one of the major factors behind Cavani’s reversal is the increased playing time since January (a bit like Olivier Giroud at Chelsea). Meanwhile, PSG are not opposed to the idea of keeping Cavani around for a season or two, since the crisis could affect their finances, too (oil-demand crises are no joke!) — and they are thus probably passing on Mauro Icardi’s £60m buy-option as well.

Missing out on Cavani, even at this stage of his career, would be a pity especially for those of us who have dreamed of seeing his luscious locks flowing around Stamford Bridge. On the other hand, Icardi will certainly be looking for a home that is not Inter Milan once his loan deal at PSG ends...