Edinson Cavani agrees 3-year deal with Atletico Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has reportedly agreed to join Atletico Madrid on a three-year deal in 2020, with the Spanish side eager to land their target during the January transfer window. 

The 32-year-old is poised to leave PSG on a free transfer when his contract expires in June, and Atletico have succeeded in convincing the player to join their cause.

The Uruguay international has had to contend with several injuries and illness this campaign, but the added competition from loanee Mauro Icardi has further restricted his playing time at the club.

Cavani has made just 10 appearances in all competitions this campaign and started in only four of those. He’s scored three goals but hasn’t netted from open play since PSG lost 2-1 to Rennes on August 18.

Diego Costa, who will soon enter the final 18 months of his deal at Atletico Madrid was sidelined for three months after he suffered a slipped disc in November.

It was confirmed in July that Los Rojiblancos will sign Alvaro Morata on permanent terms from Chelsea next summer, but the former Real Madrid target man isn’t regarded as a lethal finisher of Cavani’s standard.

The forward joined Les Parisiens from Napoli in 2013 and has established his place as the club’s all-time top scorer, however his tally has since risen to 196 goals.

Moises Llorens and Julien Laurens of ESPN FC reported in early December that Atletico wanted their man this winter wimdow, adding he’d be expected to take a wage cut in order to sign for the club.

Cavani is due to turn 33 in February, but his characteristics mean his output may not suffer as some might expect, not to mention he seems like a good fit to eventually succeed Costa.

Manager Diego Simeone is said to be a big fan of his fellow South American, who could finally move to Spain for the first time in his career despite longstanding links with the League.

Atletico could offer Cavani the chance to launch a midseason comeback after his stint out of favour at PSG, and it now seems only a matter of time until he moves to Spain.


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