Chelsea exploring £15m Edinson Cavani transfer but contract compromise needed

Edinson Cavani must reduce his wage demands if Chelsea are to bring him to Stamford Bridge from the Parc des Princes.

PSG’s experienced striker is ready to quit the club before the January transfer window shuts.

The Uruguay international, who turns 33 in February, has already handed in a transfer request in Paris.

And while his initial hope was to secure a return to Atletico Madrid in Spain, Cavani is also open to a Premier League switch.

Chelsea are suddenly in the race to land the prolific goalscorer and Frank Lampard refused to rule out the idea of a move on Tuesday.

Ahead of their game with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, Lampard said: “He is a great player, I played against him and I always loved his mentality and attitude, and obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself.

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“I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see. He’s an experienced player, but so are many others out there.”

Chelsea want to bring in proper support for Tammy Abraham up front and are in a real fight to qualify for the Champions League as they sit fourth in the table.

To add Cavani to their ranks, though, the Blues would need to stump up a hefty pay package.

He currently earns in excess of £360,000-a-week at PSG and the London Evening Standard say Cavani wants a minimum of an 18-month contract at his new club.

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The hitman is reluctant to take a wage cut, so that would equate to around £19m a season as well as a big signing-on fee.

Chelsea could subsequently have to fork out over £50m in all on Cavani, and the player’s demands are threatening to be a real stumbling block.

Cavani’s current contract expires at the end of the season, so Atletico and Chelsea are free to talk to him and offer him a deal.

Even the La Liga side would struggle to afford their former goalscorer,…


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