Edinson Cavani to Chelsea: The answer to Lampard’s forward crisis or another January flop?

Clubs around Europe were put on red alert after the news broke that Edinson Cavani wants out of PSG this month.

Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are keen on the Uruguayan, while Chelsea’s name has also been put into the mix.

The 32-year-old has been made a bit-part player at the French champions, making just four Ligue 1 starts and another five appearances from the bench.

The striker is linking up with super-agent Jorge Mendes to push through a move, and this weekend he put in a transfer request to the club.

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Speaking after PSG’s French Cup win at Lorient on Sunday, PSG’s sporting director Leonardo said: “We’ve always said the same thing. We were hoping he would stay with the club, but today [Sunday] he asked to leave.

“We’re studying the situation. We’ve had a proposal from Atletico Madrid, but that proposal was not commensurate with the player’s value.”

Atletico have made the first move for the experienced striker, but could he fit into Chelsea and be a short-term solution for Frank Lampard?

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“I think long-term in January can be very difficult, we haven’t seen so many,” Lampard said. “We have seen some deals, but not so many that have come in.

“If that’s difficult then short term is something we would look at, because they are issues that are pressing for this season for us to finish where we want to get to. So if we have to look short term then it’s something we would look at.”

In previous press conferences, Lampard has been quick to rule out some moves for certain players, including Moussa Dembele, but what very complimentary about Cavani.

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“He’s a great player, I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goal scoring record speaks for itself,” Lampard said

“I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation…