Edinson Cavani to Chelsea: Atletico reignite interest in free agent ahead of transfer window

During the January transfer window Chelsea made no secret of their search for a striker as they looked to ease the burden on top scorer Tammy Abraham.

The Blues were linked with many names including Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele. Another player who was heavily linked with a winter move to Stamford Bridge was Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.

A move for a forward never did materialise in January, with Chelsea likely to continue their search when the summer transfer window opens.

So, could a move for Cavani still be on the cards for Frank Lampard?

Here’s everything we know about the future of the striker, and how the story has developed through January to the summer.

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Chelsea join United in race for Cavani

Chelsea and Manchester United both reportedly made contact with Edinson Cavani about a free transfer at the end of the season.

The striker is coming to the end of his Paris Saint-Germain deal, and had apparently agreed terms on a potential move to Atletico Madrid.

However, L’Equipe report that Cavani is yet to sign the deal, and United have made initial contact with the striker’s representatives, while Chelsea are said to have made an opening formal enquiry.

Emery on Cavani

One man that knows Cavani well, having worked together at PSG, is former Arsenal head coach Unai Emery, who was sacked by the Gunners in November.

And the Spaniard has said that Cavani would make a great signing for any club in Europe.

Talking to Spanish radio station El Larguero as translated by Marca, the former Arsenal boss said: “He is a competitive animal, a winner and someone that trains in the highest demand.

“From the outside I do not see it so difficult that he can come in this winter market. He is very passionate and would be a magnificent signing.”

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