After a heartbreaking finish to both the Champions League and La Liga, Atletico Madrid may have realized they need more than just a top-notch defense to win more titles – they need an elite striker. Luckily, PSG striker Edinson Cavani appears more than capable of offering his services to the Champions League runner-ups.
According to ESPN FC, Cavani revealed in a news conference this past week that while he was still under contract with PSG, he had heard of interest from Atletico Madrid and was flattered.
“Atletico Madrid are a competitive team and have shown interest in me, which is nice as it makes me happy when teams show interest,” Cavani said. “Then you never know how far things will go.
“We are all friends in the national team and Diego [Godin] is in contact with us all, as he is the captain, and very close to all his teammates. Sometimes it is inevitable to speak about the club where he is. It is normal that he asks things about me. He has said it too in the media. It is nothing new.”
The Uruguayan striker added later that his countryman Diego Godin – who also represents Uruguay – reached out to him personally to ask that Cavani join him Atletico Madrid.
“I spoke with Godin, he knows me, and he let me know that he would like me to go and join Atletico Madrid.”
Cavani finished the 2015-16 season with 25 goals – his sixth straight season with at least 25 dating back to an equally prolific career with Napoli. His 19 league goals were also a three-year high for his career at PSG.
While Atletico Madrid didn’t exactly have trouble netting the ball in La Liga or the Champions League last season, scoring 63 La Liga goals and another 17 in the Champions League, they were a far cry from the 110+ goals scored by their Spanish counterparts Barcelona and Real Madrid.
As for PSG, despite losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the French giants have been preoccupied this summer finding more high-profile strikers to join their ranks, including Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann and Man United scoring machine Anthony Martial among others.
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