Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani had offers to join Premier League heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester United last month, according to the player’s mother.
The 32-year-old has just six months left on his contract at the French outfit, and a host of club’s had been desperate to land him – not least Chelsea and United who have long-term casualties to Tammy Abraham and Marcus Rashford respectively.
However, despite the big money offers from around the globe, Cavani stayed put in the French capital – something which has been publicly criticised by Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo who blamed the collapse on the player’s greed.
The Spanish club were the favourites to land Cavani, and it seemed as if the Uruguayan was destined to leave PSG after falling out of favour. Cerezo’s view on the matter will have come as a surprise to many, and if relations really have soured that much between the two parties then perhaps a move to the Premier League could happen after all.
Nevertheless, despite the Atletico Madrid president claiming the move collapsed due to Cavani’s greed, the player’s mother, Berta Gomez, has hit back – insisting that if her son was chasing money he would have considered a move to England.
“Edinson didn’t want money to be the reason, because if it was about money, he would have gone to Manchester United, Chelsea or Inter Miami, who made a big offer for him,” Gomez told Spanish newspaper AS.
“It’s not impossible that Edinson goes to Atletico Madrid in the summer, if and when the president takes back what he said.
“We don’t understand why the president said such nonsense. It was out of place and it hurt us a lot. It is absolutely false to say that Walter (his brother and agent) asked for a fee from the signing.
“He should have told the fans why Cavani really didn’t go to Atletico. It’s because, firstly, PSG didn’t want him to leave and secondly, Atletico never reached the amount PSG wanted when they negotiated.
“My son did everything he could to go to Atletico. He put pressure on by not playing at PSG and told his brother that he was willing to drop his wages to sign with Atletico.
“He wanted to play with Cholo (Diego Simeone) and he showed that at every turn.”