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Party like it’s 2012, 2013 ... 2018: Chelsea linked with Edinson Cavani

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Napoli and Atlético Madrid are also in the fray

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According to France Football (via Get French Football News), Chelsea are one of the clubs interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani in the near future.

Cavani’s current deal with PSG is set to expire in June 2020, but there have been no signs of an extension, in spite of his great goalscoring return — he has 10 goals in 10 league appearances.

Cavani has been at PSG since summer 2013, arriving from Napoli on a €64 million after several years of success spearheading the Partenopei attack. Across these five-and-a-half years spent with the club, he has become their all-time top goalscorer with 181 goals in 260 matches across all competitions.

However, his importance to the team has diminished significantly with the arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. Those two have scored 23 of PSG’s 49 goals in the first 16 matches of the Ligue 1 season, adding 6 more between the two of them in the Champions League. them. Meanwhile Cavani has only scored once in Europe in 5 apperances.

Also working in favour of an eventual exit is the reported conflicts between Cavani and Neymar, on and off the pitch, and unlike in the case of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Cavani is unlikely to win this battle.

Chelsea have been linked many times over the years with Cavani, and while his signing would’ve been great five years ago, now it would make far less sense — even if we consider the struggles of Morata and Giroud to produce consistently. Cavani’s massive wages — standing at €18.4 million per year; approximately €350,000 per week — and his age (31) all make him an unlikely target. Reports claim that he’s closer to signing with Atlético Madrid instead anyway, while a Napoli return hasn’t been ruled out either.

The Cavani ship, sadly, sailed many moon ago from Chelsea Harbour, never to return.