Blanc 'confident' of Cavani capture

The PSG boss says a deal for the Napoli star is close to completion but warned that a battle lies ahead to secure the signing of Roma defender Marquinhos.
Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc has admitted he is "confident" a deal for Edinson Cavani will soon be completed.

Outgoing club sporting director Leonardo confirmed last week that the Ligue 1 champion had tabled a bid for the Uruguay star, with reports suggesting they had agreed to match his 63 million euro release clause. Even though Leonardo is set to stand down from his post at PSG, Blanc remains optimistic that a deal to bring the coveted striker to Parc des Princes will be completed.

"I am confident," Blanc told reporters after PSG's 2-1 friendly win over Rapid Vienna on Friday. "But as the player is not yet officially at the club, it would be useless to work on projected ideas. It's best to wait until the player is officially with the club."

PSG is also in the hunt for Roma defender Marquinhos, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, and Blanc admits the interest in the 19-year-old will complicate any potential deal.

"I know the player very well from Serie A," Blanc said of the Brazilian. "It's a difficult issue since, from what I know, we're not the only ones after this player. It proves his value.

"Our priorities in the market, as I said a few days ago, are to find a striker and a left back."

Blanc is dismayed at Leonardo's impending departure, stressing that he would have loved to work with the former AC Milan star far beyond this summer.

"I would have liked to continue working with him," Blanc added. "We worked together for two weeks and had a truly good understanding.

"When I signed for PSG, I didn't know he was leaving. I understood he wanted to take a step back, but to then think he would not be there at all? No."