It seems as though Real Madrid are determined to land one of Paris Saint-Germain’s biggest stars this summer! After reports surfaced linking them with a move for former Barcelona striker Neymar were followed by rumours that Kylian Mbappe could be on his way to the Bernabeu for humongous change this summer, Julen Lopetegui’s side have now reprotedly targeted yet another of the French champions’ prized assets – this time, it is Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani. The third member of this holy trinity was not to be left out of the talk that a move to La Liga could be on the cards, and after a great World Cup in Russia this summer there were always likely to be clubs keeping him on their radar when it comes to transfer targets.
The thing is, this one actually makes perfect sense. There never seemed to be much weight in Neymar’s apparent interest in moving to Real, whereas Mbappe – while clearly a hugely talented player – arguably still has business to conduct in France before moving across to another European league. PSG are determined to be perceived as one of Europe’s super-power football clubs, and Mbappe could well be the catalyst for that. For Cavani, however, the move could be a very good one indeed. He has spent a good spell in France’s top flight, and over his five years at the club has maintained an average of way more than a goal in every two games. Mbappe has time to try and help PSG reach the levels they desire, but at 31-years-old Cavani’s time is running out.
If he wants to win the Champions League at some stage during his career – and one would be well disposed to suggest that would be his biggest target – then a move to a club who are annually one of the odds-on favourites to lift the crown could be the best thing that could happen to him at this stage. OK, it would mean playing for a rival team to Luis Suarez, his international strike partner who is tearing it up at Barcelona. However, for Cavani such sentiment should mean little in the grand scheme of things if he wants to eventually finish his career with as many medals at the highest level possible. Of all of Real’s supposed targets at Parc des Princes, Cavani may well prove to be the most attainable, and perhaps at the most reasonable price tag.
The club have cash at their disposal following the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus and will desperately look to offer their fans some sort of replacement before the new season gets underway. While perhaps not quite on the same global level of recognition, Cavani would go at least some way to appeasing worried fans of Los Blancos. He would play his heart out for the club as well, because that Champions League medal won’t just fall into his lap! He CAN achieve that aim at PSG, of course – but it would seem a better bet to respectfully draw a close to his time in the French capital and head over to Real to play out the final few years of his career competing for Europe’s top prize. With three titles on the bounce Real will eventually fall flat, but the momentum is there for Cavani to deliver.
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