MANCHESTER United and Chelsea will have to cough for around £ 66 million to reward Edinson Cavani from Paris St-Germain.
The French champions want a £ 16.8 million commission and ask for a two and a half year contract worth around £ 360,000 a week.
His contract ends in June and Sunday he delivered a transfer request in an attempt to move out this month.
Chelsea and Atletico lead the race for the Uruguayan, who has been excluded from the team for the last three games in light of all the speculation about the transfer.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admitted to being a fan, saying, “He is a great player, I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and of course his goal record speaks for himself.” “
The Times says an offer has been made to PSG with Chelsea hoping to sign the former Napoli striker on a temporary basis until the end of the season, when he will then become a free agent.
The French giants know that if they let him go on loan they will lose a significant transfer fee.
However, a move to Atletico seems more likely at this stage and all he’s been waiting for is PSG to agree to his departure this month.
And with about a week from the end of the winter window, the pressure is on.
Cavani’s father spoke of his joy at the prospect of his son moving to Atletico, telling the Spanish television program El Chiringuito: “” He wants to join another club in Europe. I’d like you to play here (At Atletico), yes.
” (Diego) Simeone wants it now. The Paris Saint-Germain coach also said he needed him to help compete in the Champions League.
” But PSG doesn’t want me to go to Atletico Madrid if it finds an agreement.
” I think there is a strong possibility that will go to Atletico, the option to join the club always remains in June. ”
Luis Cavani went on to say: ” 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. ”
Losing your signature will be a big blow for the Red Devils, but it’s something more than anyone else should be prepared for.
Despite maintaining support from fans, United boss Ole Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows he has a lot of work to do to qualify for the Champions League.
The 2-0 defeat against Burnley on Wednesday was another huge blow to the team, leaving them six points adrift of Chelsea in fourth place.
Solskjaer had to reevaluate his attack options, with Marcus Rashford due to an injury from recently losing the Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, who instead joined Borussia Dortmund.
Cavani has scored 351 goals in 577 club games and 50 goals in 116 appearances for his country.