The Parisians appear from nowhere to lead the pack.
In a surprise development Paris Saint-Germain have jumped ahead of Chelsea and Real Madrid in the race to sign Edison Cavani by submitting a £50m bid to Napoli, reports the Daily Mail.
Whilst it looked as if the Blues and Madrid were leading the chase for Cavani and Manchester City cooling their interests after having their bid rejected, PSG have remained quiet on the subject.
However, with wealthy backing the Ligue 1 side are one of a handful of clubs that could afford the Uruguayan and have now placed the biggest offer to date for the 26-year-old.
If City or Chelsea want to sign Cavani now they will have to smash the British transfer record and activate the striker’s release clause of £54m.
The previous record move from a British club was the west London outfit’s signing of Fernando Torres from Liverpool in 2011 for £50m.
PSG’s bid has certainly put some life into the transfer dealings as City’s bid apart, no real concrete efforts have come from either Jose Mourinho or Los Blancos to secure the Uruguay international.
Yet Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is in no rush to sell his star man and is thought to be holding on until a club activates Cavani’s buy-out clause – with even the Parisians £4m short of that with their current bid.
The mad rush to sign the striker has come about with the South American netting an impressive 78 goals in 97 appearances in Serie A over the past three years and the saga is likely to rumble on for some while yet – unless Napoli go back on their word and accept PSG’s bid that is.
Check out Cavani’s amazing free-kick to equalise against Italy in the Confederations Cup on Sunday.