Chelsea ponder move for PSG star Edinson Cavani

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is weighing up a last-minute move for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports.

Cavani, 32, had been set for a move to Atletico Madrid but the deal has collapsed. Atletico bosses were apparently unwilling to pay more than £15 million for a player who is out of contract in the summer. In addition, they would have had to have sold a big earned to accommodate Cavani’s wages – said to be more than 300,000 per week – and that didn’t materialise.

This means that Chelsea could come in and bid for the player. The Blues are light up front with Tammy Abraham injures and Lampard not appearing to rate either Olivier Giroud or Michy Batshuayi. Cavani would fit the bill and would be relatively cheap in terms of fee, and the club could afford his wages.

It is known that Cavani wants out of PSG, preferably before this transfer window shuts, and a move to London could appeal to the Uruguayan.

However, whether it comes off is another matter. PSG and Cavani could decide to sit tight until the summer – he could have a part to play in the Champions League knockout stages.

Tottenham Hotspur seeking loan deal for AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho wants a loan deal to bring AC Milan forward Krzysztof Piatek in to solve his striker crisis.

Mourinho has been looking for attacking signings since Harry Kane was ruled out for three months with a hamstring tear.

Piatek has been identified as a target who could be available given that he has fallen down the pecking order in Milan, especially since the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier this month.

The 24-year-old Polish international has scored just 4 goals in 19 outings for Stefano Piolo’s side this season. He scored 11 in 21 in 2018/19.

Goal has reported that a loan deal offer from Spurs for Piatek has been rejected. However, negotiations are said to be ongoing with Spurs considering another bid.

Other clubs are said to be interested in Piatek from around Europe. Manchester United have been mooted as a potential destination, but there has been little publicly said about it.

Spurs have also completed the signing of 22-year-old Dutch international Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven. The winger has joined in a £27 million deal.

Barcelona line up bid for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Spanish giants are plotting a late move for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they seek to solve their forward crisis.

Barca need cover for the injured Luis Suarez and have made Aubameyang their top target, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

Aubameyang, 30, has been in sparkling form in a stuttering Gunners side this season. He has netted 14 goals in 22 Premier League matches this season and has 57 goals in 91 appearances in all competitions in his stint at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are waiting for Barcelona to make a formal approach for the Gabon international before deciding on what they may do.

While Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has said he wants to keep Aubameyang until at least the end of the season, if Barca make a good offer they could be tempted to sell. The form of younger Gabriel Martinelli might also have a bearing.

Little progress has been made in convincing Aubameyang to sign a contract extension and it is thought likely that if Arsenal don’t qualify for the Champions League – they are 10 points off 4th place currently – he will leave in the summer.

However, Barca will not pay over the odds for a 30-year-old with less than 18 months remaining on his contract. It has been suggested they would refuse to pay £50 million.

Barca also have a back-up plan in the form of Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno.

The transfer window shuts on Friday.