EPL Insider: PSG to resist Premier League interest in Cavani

The French club want the Uruguayan to stay in Paris, while Everton are winning the race to sign Gareth Barry despite competition from Newcastle

Edinson Cavani is a high-profile target of a number of leading Premier League clubs this summer.

But Paris Saint-Germain are privately adamant they will resist any offers for the prolific striker, who cost €64 million when he joined from Napoli last July.

The Uruguay international, 27, is believed to be unhappy at playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the French champions despite publicly claiming he is settled in France after early teething problems.

The Insider understands that Cavani's representatives met intermediaries of Manchester United and Chelsea in January, and Arsenal are also monitoring the player's situation ahead of the summer transfer window.

However, PSG's mega-rich Qatari owners do not need to cash in on the forward and want him to stay and build on what has been a promising debut season in the French capital.

Cavani has scored 22 goals in 25 matches in all competitions, including 14 in 22 in the French league. He began the season alongside Ibrahimovic in a 4-4-2 formation, but has also spent large periods playing wide in a 4-3-3 formation, as he has done at the San Paolo and for Uruguay.

Cavani, who scored on his comeback last weekend after three weeks out with a hamstring injury, has been in Uruguay this week to finalise the terms of his divorce.

The striker's camp know he would have to push strongly to get a move this summer, as the likelihood grows that he will remain in Paris for another season at least.

- By Wayne Veysey


Everton are winning the race to sign Gareth Barry on a permanent deal, with the midfielder having impressed during his loan stay at Goodison Park.

Barry, 33, is out of contract at Manchester City in the summer and has an increasing number of admirers after a fine season working under Roberto Martinez.

The Englishman has made 27 appearances for the Toffees already this season, scoring three times, and is known to be keen to stay in the Merseyside area.
Everton have made the first move, offering Barry a deal with wages of £47,000 per week plus a £2 million signing on fee, although Newcastle have also expressed an interest in the midfielder.

- By Paul Clennam


The takeover document detailing Shahid Khan's buy-out of Mohamed Al Fayed at Fulham last July stipulated that there could not be an executive change in the boardroom for the first 12 months of the Pakistan-born billionaire's ownership.

This provided a safety net for individuals named in the document, believed to be chief executive Alistair Mackintosh, club secretary Darren Preston and finance director Sean O’Loughlin, who have continued to run Fulham on a daily basis while Khan remains in the United States.

However, the balance of power in the Craven Cottage boardroom has been altered in recent months by the increasingly hands-on style of Khan and his Jacksonville Jaguars sidekick Michael Lamping, who is also on the Fulham board.

The London-based Fulham executives were used to minimal interference from Al Fayed, but The Insider understands there is extensive email contact every day with Lamping and, to a lesser degree, Khan.

Al Fayed and his advisers had an eye on the bottom line, while Lamping is said to pay far greater attention to detail as Khan attempts to protect his new investment.

- By Wayne Veysey