PSG playing hardball in negotiations with Chelsea and Arsenal

Paris St-Germain are reportedly driving a hard bargain in negotiations over Edinson Cavani and Layvin Kurzawa.

Chelsea are interested in Uruguay striker Cavani, who has asked to leave PSG, while Arsenal have been linked with a move for France left-back Kurzawa.

Kurzawa, 27, is in the final year of his contract but the Daily Telegraph say PSG have told Arsenal they want at least £4.2m if they are to sell him during this month’s transfer window.

Meanwhile, The Times and the Daily Mail say Chelsea have made an approach to take Cavani, 32, on loan for the rest of the season.

Both newspapers say Chelsea would have to pay Cavani’s wages – reported to be £360,000 a week – and a loan fee of around £5m in order for a deal to be done.

But the Telegraph reports that PSG would rather sell Cavani than loan him out – and that the French club value him at £12.6m.

In any case, Cavani’s father has suggested that the player would favour a move to Atletico Madrid.

“He wants to join another club in Europe,” Luis Cavani is quoted as saying in the Spanish press.

“That would please me that he plays here [at Atletico]. [Diego] Simeone wants him now.

“I think there is a strong chance that he will go to Atletico. The option to join the club Atletico always remains in June.

“There are lots of other clubs but when you give your word to a team, you respect it. If tomorrow, if he is available and Atletico still want him, I think he will sign.”

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