Scouting Report: Edinson Cavani

Moved out to the left flank following the return from injury of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Uruguayan impressed in Paris Saint-Germain's 5-0 thrashing of Saint-Etienne
Edinson Cavani looked set to be involved in a transfer saga earlier in the summer, with the likes of Manchester United and even Liverpool linked with the Uruguayan.

But with just hours left before the transfer window closes, Cavani lined up in the Paris Saint-Germain starting XI alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lucas Moura to face Saint-Etienne...

With Ibrahimovic returning from injury, Cavani was moved back into a wide position, operating off the left flank from the beginning in support of the Swede.

But PSG went ahead without either Ibrahimovic or Cavani being involved, as Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier miscontrolled a back-pass and could only watch the ball trickle into his own net.

Cavani gradually drifted further infield and was partnering Ibrahimovic in a two-man strikeforce at times but it was his partner up front who doubled PSG's lead, thundering a header beyond Ruffier from a Maxwell cross.

After the interval the Uruguayan had his first shot at goal, displaying a sharp turn of pace to beat a defender before blasting a powerful drive at Ruffier from outside the area, which the keeper could only parry away.

And after Ibrahimovic made it 3-0 following some more careless defending, Cavani finally scored one of his own, firing home from 20 yards out with the goal at his mercy.

Ibrahimovic completed his hat-trick as PSG thrashed Saint-Etienne 5-0.

Cavani's goal was undoubtedly the highlight of his performance on Sunday night, as well as one of the moments of the match.

While Ibrahimovic will take the plaudits for his hat-trick, Cavani's goal was no less impressive and typical of the powerful Uruguayan.

After receiving a pass in a central position, he curled a well-struck shot beyond Ruffier off the inside of the post and into the bottom corner.

It was an exceptional strike from a player who had drifted in and out of the game due to his positioning out on the left flank.

As long as Cavani is happy to play second fiddle to Ibrahimovic at PSG, he is likely to remain in France with the Ligue 1 champions having managed to negotiate a transfer market restricted by Financial Fair Play sanctions.

The Uruguayan has been linked to a number of clubs in England this summer but, with just a day remaining in the transfer window, he looks certain to stay.

However, Cavani was once again moved out to the left flank following the return from injury of Ibrahimovic.

Much has been made of the forward's desire to play through the middle, though Cavani himself has denied any dissatisfaction over his place in the side.

It would surely take a sensational offer to dislodge the striker from PSG at this late stage - especially after his goal on Sunday night.

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