I could join Atletico Madrid, Edinson Cavani


Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani is flattered by Atletico Madrid’s interest and expressed his desire to play with the world’s most competitive team. The former Napoli striker is reportedly unsettled with his lift at Paris who has been linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions continuously. It took a notable effort from PSG to convince the player to stay in Paris last summer when he had offers from Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. But the Uruguayan stay put at PSG but he did not rule out any future transfers.

Now, Cavani has spoken out his interest to join Atletico Madrid who reached the UEFA Champions League finals twice in the last three years. The Spanish club are in search for a striker to partner Antoine Griezmann up front and have identified Cavani as a perfect fit for their squad. Atletico manager Diego Simeone is believed to be asking the board to re-sign Diego Costa of Chelsea, but the recent reports claim that the Argentine is also interested in adding Edinson Cavani to his ranks.

Though Cavani has the interest to join Atletico Madrid, the forward told Uruguay outlet El Observador that he will not force his way out of PSG and will respect his contract. Atletico Madrid’s central defender Diego Godin is Uruguay’s national football team captain who is a good friend to Cavani. The PSG striker has told that he has discussed with Godin about the life in Spain and said he will love to work together with his national team captain at club level.

“Atletico Madrid are a competitive team and have shown interest in me, which is nice as it makes me happy when teams show interest. Then you never know how far things will go.”

“I spoke with Godin, he knows me, and he let me know that he would like me to go and join Atletico Madrid,” Cavani told VTV Uruguay.

Paris Saint-Germain have already lost star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Swede did not renew his contract which ran out this summer. So, it will be hard for PSG to lose yet another important player in Cavani, but the player’s interest in leaving the club may force Laurent Blanc to cash on the player and search for a suitable replacement.