Chelsea suffered a severe blow in their search for offensive reinforcements after Edinson Cavani’s father said that the attacker will join Atlético Madrid if the Spanish club manages to find an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.
Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to sign Cavani but it is clear that the Uruguayan has already agreed on an 18-month deal worth € 10 million (£ 8.5 million) per year with Atlético, who are stuck in talks with the PSG for a fee for the 32 year old. Cavani, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has fallen into disorder at PSG this season and has made it clear that he wants to secure a move to Diego Simeone’s side this month.
Atlético are confident of signing Cavani, although Chelsea are desperate for quality coverage for Tammy Abraham this month, and the Uruguayan’s father urged PSG to let him leave rather than keep him waiting until he is able to leave with a free transfer in the summer. According to some reports, the French club has held out for at least £ 15 million for the former Napoli player. Lampard, who saw Abraham limp due to an ankle injury during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Tuesday night, remains confident of capitalizing on Cavani’s unhappiness.
“He wants to join another club in Europe,” said Luis Cavani. “I would like you to play here [at Atlético]. Simeone wants it now [in January but] the main coach of Paris Saint-Germain [Thomas Tuchel] he also said he needs him to help compete in the Champions League.
“I think there is a strong possibility that it will go to Atlético. The option to join the club always remains in June. There are many other clubs but when you give your word to a team, you respect it. If tomorrow, if it is available and Atlético still wants it, I think it will sign. He is a player who needs time to play and today he only plays four or six minutes per game. The PSG is treating it unfairly. “
Cavani’s mother also influenced her son’s future. “It’s complicated but he wants to play Atlético and if he isn’t now, in the summer,” said Berta Gomez. “We have been anxious for some time but it does not depend on my son but on PSG and Atlético Madrid. We understand their position, but what we don’t understand is that they want him to stay and then they only take him out for six minutes. They are not dealing well considering what he gave PSG in the almost seven years he has been there. “
Lampard is desperate to improve his attacking options and the Chelsea manager has signaled his interest in Cavani before the draw with Arsenal. “He’s a great player,” said Lampard. “I played against him and always loved his mentality. Obviously his goal record speaks for itself. I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see. The idea of experiencing is something that I am not looking away at all. Sometimes young players need a little help. “