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Cavani signs record-breaking deal with PSG

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Text by Marc DAOU

Latest update : 2013-07-16

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani arrived in Paris for a medical with PSG on Monday ahead of completing his transfer to the French side in a 64 million euro deal - a Ligue 1 record.

Paris Saint-Germain have signed Edinson Cavani in a 64 million euro deal that marks the club’s biggest coup in the transfer market since its Qatari takeover in 2011.

Uruguay striker Cavani arrived in Paris for a medical on Monday and confirmation of his move to the Ligue 1 champions from Italian side Napoli was announced Tuesday evening.

Quick, combative, technical and a deadly-accurate finisher, Cavani, nicknamed ‘El Matador’, was Serie A’s top scorer last season with 29 goals and is considered by many to be among the world’s best players.

New Ligue 1 transfer record

To bring the 26-year-old to Paris, PSG paid Napoli a fee of some 64 million euros - a Ligue 1 record. French and Italian media reports had suggested Cavani would be on wages of 10 million euros a season for the next five years.

Such astronomical figures are a result of the fierce competition from Europe’s richest clubs for Cavani’s signature, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid among those who had been in the hunt, and PSG’s victory in the race to sign the striker will go a little further to affirming its status as one of the new heavyweights of world football.

Cavani began his career aged 18 with Danubio, one of the best known clubs in Uruguay, where his ruthless finishing skills caught the eye and helped him secure a five million euro transfer to Palermo in 2007.

He spent four seasons with the Sicilian club and helped Uruguay reach the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup, before joining Napoli in a 17 million euro deal.

And it was at the club where Diego Maradona made his name in the 1980s that Cavani went on to fulfill his early promise, becoming the idol of Napoli’s demanding supporters.

Cavani in, Imbrahimovic out?

With two former teammates - Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore – already in the PSG squad, Cavani could well adapt quickly to his new club. PSG’s coach Laurent Blanc, meanwhile, has already declared his admiration for the striker.

"I love this player,” he said back in July. “I saw him play several times with Uruguay and Napoli. If becomes part of PSG next year I would be very happy.”

However, some have questioned if there is room in the same team for both Cavani and PSGs current star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose 30-goal tally helped the club to the French championship last season. Rumours of the Swede’s possible departure were revived on Sunday by Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, who claimed Ibrahimovic will not be at PSG by the time the new season starts.

“He will not play with Cavani, he has already been promised a transfer,” he commented.

PSG’s supporters, meanwhile, will be hoping such remarks turn out to be unfounded and will be looking forward to the possibility of a dream strike partnership that could propel the club to new heights.

Date created : 2013-07-16

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