Edinson Cavani looked to be heading to Atlético Madrid for most of January, but the La Liga side have failed to meet PSG’s €25m asking price and instead look to be bringing back Yannick Carrasco (on loan) two years after selling him to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang — who, not coincidentally, are owned by the same company that sponsors Atléti’s stadium, Wanda Group.
Chelsea were sniffing around Cavani, too, but it doesn’t sound like we get to swoop in now. Instead, the soon-to-be 33-year-old could going to Miami ... to party in the city where the heat is on, all night on the beach to the break of dawn. Oh, and to play some football for the David Beckham-owned new MLS franchise, the incredibly un-creatively named Inter Miami.
Miami management type Jorge Mas confirmed that they’re working on the blockbuster, waiting to rescue Cavani from Paris once the (European) transfer window shuts. The MLS window opens on February 12, with the 2020 season starting a few weeks later.
“We have had conversations about Cavani, but I don’t want to make any comments further than that based on that he is a PSG player at the time.”
-Jorge Mas; source: Sky
Surely, there’s room to get creative here from Chelsea. We sign Cavani now, then sell on to MLS in the summer. We could even let them have Pedro, too, as rumored recently. Everybody wins! It doesn’t sound like Mertens is coming, and Cavani would be a more fun signing anyway.
For what it’s worth, L’Equipe continue to maintain the Cavani isn’t going anywhere this season, seeing out his contract at PSG, and that both Atlético and Chelsea will be among the many interested in his services once he’s a free agent.