Leonardo: 'Cavani asked to leave'
After Paris-Saint-Germain beat Lorient 1-0 in the Coupe de France round of 16 in Lorient, the sporting director PSG Leonardo acknowledged Edinson Cavani’s wish to leave the club – and seemingly opened the door for his departure.
Although Edinson Cavani was on PSG‘s extensive injury list for the 1-0 Coupe de France win in Lorient, the Uruguay striker was a hot topic of conversation for club sporting director Leonardo after the match.
‘He asked to leave’
“We’ve always said the same thing about Cavani. We were hoping he would stay with the club, but today he asked to leave,” Leonardo explained of the club’s all-time record scorer, who has 198 goals in all competitions for the club. “We’re studying the situation. We’ve had a proposal from Atletico Madrid, but that proposal was not commensurate with the player’s value.”
However, Leonardo made it clear the capital club is open to other offers.
‘Looking to the future’
“For Cavani, we’re listening. The link with Atletico Madrid has faded a bit because we haven’t been in touch since the offer,” said the Brazilian, now in his second stint as PSG’s sporting director. “We’re looking to the future. It’s a bit clearer, for the player, for the future. We’ll see how it develops over the next few days. We’re listening because we respect the player.”
Cavani has struggled for a starting place since The Fantatstic Four – Mauro Icardi, Angel di Maria, Kylian Mbappé and Neymar – began to fire while he was out injured.
PSG are yet to wade into the winter transfer window, and Leonardo explained that the it’s not straightforward making adjustments to such as star-studded squad.
‘A lot of alternatives’
“I think we have a complete squad, really complete. We’ve got strong alternatives: we’ve got Draxler, who can play anywhere, and we’ve got other players who can play as a central striker. There are a lot of alternatives,” he explained. “But it’s difficult to replace a player like Cavani, and we have to think very clearly. We’ve never asked for a particular sum of money. Everybody talks about it but we’ve never established a value because the most important thing is what everyone wants. And we should be clear about this: the player wants to leave.”
PSG and Leonardo have until midnight on 31 January – when the transfer window snaps shut – to find a suitable deal for a player who has earned a place in the hearts of all PSG fans since his arrival in the French capital all the way back in 2013.