Qatar’s PSG splash out $83m on striker Cavani

Uruguayan striker becomes most expensive transfer in history of French football
By Daniel Shane
Wed 17 Jul 2013 10:23 AM

Qatar-owned
soccer club Paris St Germain have splashed out $83m on Uruguayan striker
Edinson Cavani, as the French side prepares to defend its Ligue 1 title.

The 26-year
old scored 78 goals during the last three seasons for Italy’s Napoli, where
during the last year campaign he top scorer in Serie A, and has signed a
five-year deal with the Parisians.

Qatar
Sports Investment, owned by the rich Gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund, fully
acquired Paris St Germain from US-based Colony Capital last year.

"The
transfer of Edinson Cavani is further proof of the club's ability to attract
the best players in the world," said Paris St Germain president Nasser
Al-Khelaifi.

"The
player was seduced by the club's sporting project and is delighted to be
joining an ambitious side, impatient to take on new challenges. We are
especially happy to present such a hugely coveted player of immense talent to
our supporters," Al-Khelaifi.

Cavani is
now the most expensive player transfer in the history of French football,
surpassing the $75m rivals Monaco paid Atletico Madrid for Colombian striker
Radamel Falcao earlier in the summer.

This summer
Paris St Germain have also signed Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC
Milan for about $20m, and have also appointed former French international
Laurent Blanc as head coach.

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