Claude Makelele in talks with PSG to sign Cavani for Chelsea

Claude Makelele, youth coach and technical mentor at Chelsea, has held talks with PSG over a move for Edinson Cavani.

Cavani becomes a free agent when his PSG deal expires in the summer and he has handed in a transfer request as he looks for a new challenge away from France.

However, Cavani earns around £360,000-a-week at PSG and his reluctance to accept a significant wage-cut could be a problem for interested clubs.

Manchester United and Spurs have been heavily linked with Cavani and Chelsea are also in the race for the striker this January.

But Atletico Madrid are in pole position to sign Cavani despite having an initial €10million offer turned down for him.

Chelsea coach Makelele raised the prospect of signing Edinson Cavani during a recent meeting with PSG over 17-year-old Kays Ruiz-Atil.

Earlier this week, Frank Lampard hinted at a possible move Cavani as he looks for short-term solutions in attack for Chelsea.

Asked about Cavani, the Chelsea boss said: ‘He’s a great player. I played against him and I always loved his mentality and his attitude and obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself.

‘I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see.’

‘He’s an experienced player but so are many other players out there.

‘We are young as a squad, and we know about the transitions, so the idea of bringing in experience is certainly not something I’m looking away from because sometimes the younger players need a bit of help.

‘If that’s the case then that may help us.’


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