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Sport Edinson Cavani 'agrees £8.8m-a-season contract with Benfica'

23:02  20 august  2020
23:02  20 august  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Edinson Cavani is set to join Benfica after reportedly agreeing a €10million-a-season (£8.8m) contract until 2023.

The Uruguayan forward is a free agent after letting his contract at Paris Saint-Germain run down, bringing an end to a seven-year stay at the Parc des Princes.

Leeds and Bayern Munich had also expressed an interest in signing the 33-year-old.

a crowd of people watching a football game: Edinson Cavani is set to join Benfica after reportedly agreeing a €10m-a-season contract © Provided by Daily Mail Edinson Cavani is set to join Benfica after reportedly agreeing a €10m-a-season contract

But Cavani is expected to put pen to paper at the Portuguese giants next week, according to Sky Sports.

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Cavani had confirmed talks with Benfica last weekend.

'There were meetings with Benfica and other clubs. But nothing is yet defined, so I cannot say that there is a closed agreement. When everything is confirmed with a team, they will know it,' he said.

When pressed on what attracted him to Benfica, Cavani replied they were 'a great team' that regularly competes in European competitions and that 'many Uruguayans' have represented the club in the past.

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Leeds had drawn up an ambitious plan to bring him to Elland Road following promotion to the Premier League.

Owner Andrea Radrizzani told Sky Sport Italia: 'In addition to his quality, Cavani could contribute with his physicality and adapt here, but I've never talked about him with the coach.

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'Having said that, we've certainly thought about him and we'll see, given he's still available on a free transfer.'

Cavani's scored 200 goals in 301 games for Ligue 1 champions PSG after netting 104 in 138 matches for Napoli.

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