Edinson Cavani’s future at Paris Saint-Germain was among the big talking points during the January transfer window.
The Uruguayan striker made it clear that he would not be signing a new contract, with his current deal due to expire at the end of this season, and had looked set to move on.
There were, naturally, plenty of interested parties, with the likes of Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United keen on signing him.
Cavani was reported to favour a move to the Wanda Metropolitano and a deal with Atletico Madrid, but the two teams could not agree on a fee and the striker stayed put.
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Reports in Spain claimed it was due to his agent, and brother, Walter Fernando making “excessive demands”, with Atletico president Enrique Cerezo naming a “friend or relative” as the culprit behind the negotiations.
That is a report that has been refuted by Fernando himself.
Speaking in an interview with La Cadena SER, Fernando said: “Who is Enrique Cerezo? I didn’t see him in any negotiation. Atletico has something to explain to their fans about why the signing has not been done.
“Do you think that after Cavani has not played in the last month with PSG, it’s for me to drop a commission and Edi not fulfil his dream of playing at Atletico?
“If it were for money, Edi would have gone to England to Manchester [United] or Chelsea.”