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Chelsea Linked With Striker Formerly Sought After By Arsenal

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - JULY 16: Head coach of Chelsea Antonio Conte is seen on the bench during an friendly match between SK Rapid Vienna and Chelsea F.C. at Allianz Stadion on July 16, 2016 in Vienna, Austria. (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

Chelsea have made an offer of €50 million for PSG striker Edison Cavani, only to see their offer rejected according to French publication Le10Sport.

The Ligue 1 Champions reportedly responded that the offer was not enough and that they would only consider parting with the Uruguayan international for €80 million. Even by the standards of the transfer market of today, to request €80 million for Cavani is incredible although it may have something to do with the fact that, having let Zlatan Ibrahimovic go to Manchester United, PSG will be eager to not see another star striker leave.

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 17:  Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 17, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Cavani’s signature has been in high demand this Summer, having been previously been linked with Arsenal who were thought to offer him £120k a week.

The deal didn’t go through and Chelsea’s move into the market for the 29 year old’s services surely puts an end to any interest in the striker Arsenal still harbored given the transfer fees being discussed.

This offer from Chelsea of course comes quickly after Atletico Madrid launched a bid to sign Diego Costa. Antonio Conte will be eager to hold onto Costa but should Atletico successfully entive him away from London, Cavani would appear a capable replacement. Although whether he’s worth €80 million, even €50 million is highly questionable.

Recent weeks have seen Chelsea sign Michy Batshuayi £33 million and N’Golo Kante for £30 million both of which represent good value for money for Conte’s charges. Splurging £80 on Cavani would certainly not.

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