PSG boss Thomas Tuchel insists French champions do not ‘lack respect’ for Edinson Cavani with Chelsea looking to trump Atletico Madrid for striker
- The striker’s father said PSG were treating his son ‘unfairly’ by making him stay
- Cavani has had limited game time this season and wants to move this window
- Atletico is the 32-year-old’s preferred destination but Chelsea are hovering
Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has insisted the French champions ‘do not lack respect’ for Edinson Cavani.
The wantaway striker’s father accused the club of treating his son ‘unfairly’ amid competition for his signature.
The Uruguayan has asked to leave PSG this window with Atletico Madrid having made an approach.
Thomas Tuchel has denied lacking respect for striker Edinson Cavani amid speculation
The Uruguayan has asked to leave PSG this transfer window
Chelsea are also interested in the veteran as Frank Lampard looks to bolster his striking options, especially in the wake of Tammy Abraham limping off against Arsenal on Tuesday.
Lampard has identified the striker as an ideal short-term solution to Chelsea’s lack of firepower, and the club have made a loan offer for Cavani, who is 33 next month.
Chelsea are prepared to pick up Cavani’s wages — £360,000 a week — for the rest of the season and pay around £5million.
On Wednesday night, PSG beat Reims 3-0 in the French League Cup with Cavani absent, having been limited to four league starts this season.
Tuchel said after the game, according to BBC Sport: ‘It is a shame that he could not be here with us, he did not feel good with his groin.
Tuchel said it was a ‘shame’ Cavani could not feature against Reims on Wednesday night
Lampard has identified the striker as an ideal short-term solution to Chelsea’s lack of firepower
‘We don’t have any updates on his situation.’
He has fallen down in the pecking order following Mauro Icardi’s arrival on a season-long loan.
Cavani’s PSG contract expires this summer and the French club are holding out for a permanent transfer and a £21.5m fee, with this window being their last chance to bring in money for the Uruguayan.
So far, they have only had such an offer from Atletico and the Spanish club’s £8.5m bid was turned down.
Cavani’s father Luis told Spanish programme El Chiringuito he would prefer his son to move to Atletico.
Chelsea’s main striker Tammy Abraham limped off against Arsenal on Tuesday
He said: ‘I would like him to play there, Simeone wants him now but the head coach of Paris Saint-Germain says he needs him to help them compete in the Champions League.
‘But PSG do not want him to go to Atletico Madrid if he finds an agreement.
‘I think there is a strong chance he will go to Atletico, the option to join the club (Atletico) always remains in June.
‘There are lots of other clubs but when you give your word to a team, you respect it. If tomorrow, if he is available and Atletico still want him, I think he will sign.
‘He is a player who needs time to play and today he only plays four or six minutes per game. PSG are treating him unfairly.’