At 33, when you find yourself without a club in mid-July, there is usually something to worry about. But not when your name is Edinson Cavani, and you’re preceded by a reputation as a player who is exemplary in investment and professionalism.
The Uruguayan striker is still free, however, after refusing to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain for a short period of time in order to finish the 2019-2020 season and thus participate in the Champions League Final 8 and French Cup and League Cup finals.
Too expensive for Atletico
In recent months, there have been persistent rumours that the former Napolitan has moved on to Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Roma. The Colchoneros, however, are said to have finally turned their backs on the Red and Blue’s all-time leading scorer, who is considered too greedy from a salary point of view, while the Blues have already strengthened their attacking options with the signing of Timo Werner and Hakim Zyech in particular.
The track leading up to the Giallorossi would still be there, but according to the latest news from Record, Benfica of Lisbon have also entered the fray.
Being the star of Benfica
The Eagles would strike hard if they managed to convince the Uruguayan to join them, and it is easy to imagine the euphoria that could seize the Lisbon public when such a star arrives. The Estadio da Luz outfit have just handed over the national title to rivals FC Porto, and would inevitably be keen to reclaim it in the coming season. If ‘El Matador’ could be counted on, Benfica’s next coach Jorge Jesus would have a great asset to draw on. But if the Cavani clan were deemed too demanding on Atletico’s finances, it would be difficult, barring a major effort, for the two-time European Champion Clubs’ Cup winners to sign him. Nevertheless, in the Eagles, the South American would be the star, the real one, something he could never be at PSG, always in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.