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Sport Cavani keen for PSG exit but Atletico bid rejected, confirms Leonardo

12:15  20 january  2020
12:15  20 january  2020 Source:   goal.com

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PSG , however, are determined to hold on to the ex-Napoli and Palermo star, as sporting director Leonardo continues to block Atletico 's advances for him. Even PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is convinced that Cavani 's presence could be pivotal in their European campaign, despite his diminished

The Uruguay international is available for free at the end of the season but the Spanish side will not give up on signing him this month.

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Edinson Cavani has asked to leave Paris Saint-Germain but the club have rejected an initial approach from Atletico Madrid, sporting director Leonardo confirmed.

PSG's record goalscorer Cavani is out of contract at the end of the season and has repeatedly been linked with a January move away from the Parc des Princes.

A move to Atletico appeared close earlier in the transfer window, and the Uruguay international sat out both the midweek win against Monaco and Sunday's 1-0 Coupe de France defeat of Lorient.

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Atletico Madrid have made a €10 million bid to sign Edinson Cavani this month, but Paris Saint-Germain are refusing to let him go. PSG , however, are determined to hold on to the ex-Napoli and Palermo star, as sporting director Leonardo continues to block Atletico 's advances for him.

Speaking after PSG triumphed in the Coupe de France against Lorient on Sunday, Leonardo admitted that Cavani 's future was now up in the air - but that any offers made would have to match the club's valuation after they turned down Atletico 's bid . "We always said the same thing for Cavani ," he said.

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However, it is reported PSG have turned down a €10million bid from the LaLiga club, although Leonardo revealed there would be further discussions.

"Edinson Cavani has asked to leave. We are studying the situation," Leonardo told reporters. "We had an offer from Atletico Madrid, but we did not accept it.

"I don't know how this is going to turn out. We are going to discuss more. We know the situation. It is not an easy one."

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On the possibility of bringing in a striker if Cavani left, the PSG chief added: "It is a good question. We are thinking it over."

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Speaking after PSG triumphed in the Coupe de France against Lorient on Sunday, Leonardo admitted that Cavani 's future was now up in the air - but that any offers made would have to match the club's valuation after they turned down Atletico 's bid . "We always said the same thing for Cavani ," he said.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani tells PSG he wants to leave the club after "an approach" by Spanish He was not in the squad that beat Lorient and Leonardo added: "We have to listen to him because we have PSG coach Thomas Tuchel appears keen to keep Cavani to help his side's push for silverware.

Thomas Tuchel had little to add on the situation, however, referring back to Leonardo.

"I do not know if Edinson Cavani will be here in February," the coach told a news conference. "We do not know what will happen tomorrow - anything can happen.

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"You want to discuss it, but I do not. Ask Leonardo."

After beating Lorient, PSG will visit third-tier Pau in the last 16. The pick of the draw sees Nice host Lyon.

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