Claude Makelele launches Chelsea transfer talks to sign Edinson Cavani

Claude Makelele has made contact with PSG over a possible switch for Edinson Cavani as Chelsea eye a new frontman.

The Blues are hoping to make up for lost time in the January transfer market having had their transfer ban lifted.

Cavani’s contract at the Parc des Princes has just six months to run and he has handed in a transfer request in an effort to force his way out of France.

Chelsea face competition from fellow Premier League sides Tottenham and Manchester United as well as Atletico Madrid for his signature.

Makelele, who deals with the youth teams and is technical mentor at Stamford Bridge, formerly played for PSG and discussed whether signing Cavani would be possible when he sat down for a meeting with the Ligue 1 champions, reports Goal .

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The Uruguayan has struggle for first team action this season, which in part is down to injury, but has been prolific since he joined from Napoli in 2013.

His 198 goals make him PSG’s all-time highest goalscorer and Frank Lampard has labelled the 32-year-old a “great player”.

The Blues boss has made no secret of his desire to add this month, especially with two of his current forwards potentially leaving, but confessed he isn’t privy to Cavani’s availability.

Edinson Cavani is looking for a way out of PSG

He said: “He’s a great player. I played against him and I always loved his mentality and his attitude and obviously his goalscoring record speaks for itself. I’m not absolutely aware of what the situation is, so we’ll see.”

But PSG chief Leonardo has revealed Cavani is seeking a move elsewhere, but the French side’s reluctance to see him leave on the club may force a potential suitor to wait until the summer.

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PSG forked out £55m for the Uruguayan and have, so far, only discussed a move with Atletico.

“We’ve always said the same thing. We were hoping he would stay with the club,” said Leonardo.