A few minutes after Thomas Tuchel declared that he did not know “if Edinson Cavani would be there in February”, Leonardo, the Parisian sports director, appeared in the mixed zone of the Moustoir. After the PSG victory in Lorient, the Brazilian took the time to discuss the increasingly delicate situation of the Uruguayan striker, absent for two games for a pain in the pubis. At the end of the contract next June, the latter would like to join Atlético de Madrid this winter. And Paris no longer closes the door.
Thomas Tuchel has just announced that he was not certain that Cavani will be there in early February, what should we think about it?
LEONARDO. (laughs) I like it when you report other people’s answers. He laughed about that. But do we start with this subject? I thought I would talk about the match a little! (laughs)
Won’t you need Cavani for the many games that await you?
Look, we always said the same thing about Cavani. With players like him and the stars of the club it is: either he stays happy and well; either, the day he has to leave, he must also be in the same state of mind. It is true that today he asked to leave. And we are studying the situation. It is also true that we had a proposal from Atlético de Madrid but we did not accept it. On the financial level, it was not important enough compared to the value of the player. Afterwards, I think Cavani, we should listen to him. We are listening. Afterwards, honestly, I don’t know how it will end. Today, we are a little more distant from Atlético because we have not had any contact for the past few days. We’ll see how it goes.
Listening to you, if Atlético de Madrid makes a satisfactory proposal, Cavani could leave, right?
You have to analyze it all with a lot of respect. We try. We’ll see how it goes in the coming days. We never thought about that (Editor’s note: Cavani wants to leave). But we are listening.
Digitally, if it left, should it be replaced?
It’s a good question. It’s a really complete group. The idea was never that Cavani left. But we have a lot of alternatives in this sector. Draxler hasn’t played much but it can be important. Then we have other players who play everywhere. But honestly, it’s still difficult to replace a player like Cavani.
Do you really want 30 million euros for him?
We never asked for money. We never established a value because the most important today is everyone’s envy. In his case, it is not a question of amount, but of desire. The player wants to leave. We are listening to see what we can do best for the group too.
With the draw and this match in Pau, there will be no more meetings at the Parc des Princes by the end of the transfer window. It would be sad if he left without saying goodbye, right?
We didn’t think about that. It is true that he expressed his will. We will see.