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Benfica boost Leeds’ hopes of signing Cavani

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Leeds could table an offer for the free-agent Edinson Cavani, who cut ties with Paris Saint-Germain this summer after seven years of services.

A few days ago, Benfica looked to be a step away from hiring the former Paris Saint-German talisman, after news of the striker signing a two-year contract at the Estádio da Luz emerged in public.

But, for a so-far unknown reason, the Portuguese side decided to pull the plug on the deal, opening the door for the Leeds bigwig Andrea Radrizzani to give it a try.

Radrizzani has recently namechecked Cavani as Leeds’ top target for the summer transfer campaign, heaping praise on the 33-year-old goal-machine.

“In addition to his quality, Cavani could contribute with his physicality and adapt here, but I’ve never talked about him with the coach,” he said, as transmitted by The Sun.

“Having said that, we’ve certainly thought about him, and we’ll see, given he’s still available on a free transfer.”

Cavani is one of the most accomplished and highly-rated strikers on the planet, and even at the age of 33, he is still one of the fiercest frontmen in world football.

‘El Matador’ was a menace to the opposition backlines during his time in Serie A. Indeed, 104 goals in 138 appearances for Napoli, who he helped bring to prominence, earned the Uruguayan hitman a call from PSG.

Cavani excelled at the Parc des Princes, becoming one of the symbols of the club’s dominance of Ligue 1.

PSG fanbase worships him, and 200 goals and 43 assists during a seven-year stint in Paris give them no reason to feel otherwise.

Despite often being forced to work in the shadows of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and then Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Cavani was consistent and ruthless in front of goal throughout his entire career in France.

Against this backdrop, the Ligue 1 powerhouse opted to part company with their faithful servant at the end of the 2019/20 season.