Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United could both miss out on the signing of Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani after another competitor lodged a bid for the player.
Edinson Cavani is the subject of a €10m bid from Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid who are the frontrunners for the player.
PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed the Atletico Madrid bid shortly after the French Cup win over Lorient who are in the second tier of French football these days.
Leonardo made this known in a chat with reporters after the Lorient game.
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Chelsea and Manchester United are in the market for a new striker and Edinson Cavani is at the top of their shortlist.
Blues boss Frank Lampard doesn’t trust his striker options of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi who are backups to leading striker Tammy Abraham who is the leading scorer for his team this season.
Tammy Abraham has scored 15 goals in all competitions this term including 13 goals in the Premier League.
For Manchester United, the striker search has been intensified following the news that leading goalscorer Marcus Rashford will miss a lot of games as a result of a back issue.
Rashford could be out of action until March at least.
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English Premier League outfit Manchester United are reported to be considering a move for out-of-favor Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante after making an inquiry about his availability.
The 29-year-old World Cup winner has been linked away from the West London club as he can no longer boast of regular playing time under manager Frank Lampard.
Chelsea are willing to let go of the former Leicester City man but will not let him leave for a cheaper price than £46 million as a lot has been invested in him.
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The Blues are also keen on the signature of West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice and will want to offload the French midfielder to be able to bring in the Englishman.
However, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now considering the option of signing him if an agreement would be reached with the West London club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants an extra muscle to his midfield that will help Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek and N’Golo Kante is being considered as an option.
The only uncertainty is the fact that the £46 million might be too high for the Red Devils to meet and that could force them to back out of the deal in January.
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West London outfit Chelsea were one of the busiest Premier League clubs in the last summer transfer window, spending about £200 million on the recruitment of players.
It is expected that they will take the back seat in the January transfer window, especially as they are currently in good form and producing positive results but that might not happen in the real sense of it.
However, the Blues might not necessarily bring in a player but they seem sure to sanction a sale with French striker Olivier Giroud making it clear that he wants to leave in the January winter transfer window.
This is not the first time the former Arsenal player will be making moves to leave Stamford Bridge as he also made such an effort in the last January window after he failed to make Frank Lampard’s team but it did not happen.
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However, Chelsea must begin to find a replacement for the World Cup winner as they will have Tammy Abraham as the pony natural striker to rely on. The presence of Timo Werner in Chelsea has helped to strengthen the attack but that does not mean a new striker will not be signed should Oliver Giroud leaves the club in January.
Frank Lampard seems to be a big fan of the 34-yer-old after showing praise on his last week.
“He has given a typically great response to train as well as possible and support the group,” he said.
“He is amazing around the group and that is just a fact with Oli and maybe not a fact with people all around the team.
“I can’t speak highly enough of him on that side. It is part of my job I don’t like with good players, top people who are around the group that don’t always play. But I have those issues” he said.
Oliver Giroud would be remembered for scoring eight goals in the final 13 league games to help Chelsea secure a top-four finish.
PSG given an advice that will hurt Chelsea
Former Paris Saint-Germain star Eric Rabesandratana has urged French La Liga outfit Paris Saint Germain to break the bank for Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante.
Rabesandratana made claim after watching N’Golo Kante in action during France1-0 win over Portugal on Saturday. He was highly impressed with what he saw from the Chelsea powerhouse and feels his former club should have a player like him in the team.
The French Ligue 1 outfit have been struggling to win the Champions League for the past years and Eric Rabesandratana believes the former Leicester City star is all they need to win the highly regarded title.
Eric Rabesandratana is aware of N’Golo Kante’s importance to the Blues team and he claims that the only way he can be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge to Parc des Princes is for Paris Saint Germain to break the bank to be able to lure Chelsea into selling him.
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“I would like to say that if I was a leader at PSG, I would break the bank to sign N’Golo Kante”, Rabesandratana said on French radio station France Bleu Paris. He was still huge on Saturday.
“Kante is the player who would allow PSG to win the Champions League. They do not need [Lionel] Messi or anyone [else].”
N’Golo Kante has helper France to sit top of their Nations League group after their win in Portugal and have picked 13 points from their five games.
However, Real Madrid and other top European giants are interested in the signature of the World Cup winner but the West London outfit are keen to keep him at the club for more years after proving to be one of Frank Lampard’s most important players.
Although Frank Lampard is reported to have held talks with N’Golo Kante and told him of how much he is needed in the team and why he should stay at the club for more years.