The winter transfer market begins its countdown and forces Atlético to make a final sprint by Edinson Cavani, the only attacking option that really attracts Simeone and with which the Argentine coach intends to reverse the erratic season lived so far.
Two things are safe today. The first is that the Uruguayan is crazy about wearing rojiblanco. His intention to play in Spain is firm despite the fact that in recent times he has received siren songs from other European clubs. The other clear matter is that the PSG is putting too little of it for the transfer to take place. They consider it very dangerous to sell the player to a potential rival in the Champions League, and if they have agreed to negotiate with Atlético, it has been only for having a gesture with the striker, which fans consider a legend after seven years scoring goals without stopping.
The desire of Cavani cousin, and that is the trick to which Atlético grabs. The Uruguayan has put everything on his side, even showing his anger with the PSG directive, so that the signing comes to fruition. All that remains is for the figure offered by the Metropolitan Club to get a little closer to what the French team is asking for. As in any negotiation, the positions have been approaching as the days go by. Atletico did not exceed ten million at the beginning of December while PSG asked for 30, a figure exorbitant by a player who will leave for free in June and in just over two weeks (next Valentine’s day) will turn 33. The final agreement could end up around 15 million plus another three in variables, although the final decision will be in the hands of Nasser Al Khelaifi, who is least concerned with the money he can get in this operation.
Low in Paris
While all this is happening, PSG played yesterday in the League Cup against Reims with Cavani out of the call for the third time in a row. Officially his absence is due to some discomfort in the pubis, but in the end there is no other reason than his interest in closing as soon as possible, and without mishaps, his departure from the Parisian club.
If the transfer is finally finalized, Cavani will leave the PSG with a spectacular balance of 198 goals in 293 games, somewhat every 112 minutes of play. Undisputed until last season, the arrival in summer of the Argentine Mauro Icardi has ended up condemning the bench. Thomas Tuchel has barely given him minutes in the last two months, hence the Salta has accelerated in search of an exit he had not planned. He intended to say goodbye in June in style, but Simeone has convinced him to say goodbye. Started to dream, the coach would be delighted to have Cavani already on February 1, the date of the derby against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu. From the player’s environment they ensure, in any case, that he will respect the word given to Atlético, which means that he will end up wearing the rojiblanca shirt, either now or in June.
The reinforcement of Cavani would also be subject to the departure of a player from the current Atlético squad to release wage mass. There, all eyes go to Thomas Lemar. The Frenchman could be hurrying his last days as a mattress maker. He is sought accommodation in the Premier League, either in the form of a transfer or a transfer in which the other club assumed most of the midfielder’s record. In the stands few will miss him given the irrelevance of his game in the year and a half he has been in the club.
Lemar, in the final phase of the recovery of his injury in the right thigh, will be one of the absent in the premiere in the Copa del Rey before the Cultural. Nor have they traveled to León Koke, Trippier, Vrsaljko, Giménez and Diego Costa, all due to injury; and Oblak and Morata for rest. Thus, the position of “nine” could be occupied by the canterano Sergio Camello, who apparently in the training disputes a starting position with Vitolo. Camel already played a few minutes in Ipurúa last weekend and would be the urgent solution awaiting the arrival of the desired «Matador». .