Cavani pens lucrative PSG deal
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:54:00
Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea have no need to sell any of their key men this summer, including Branislav Ivanovic.
Reports have suggested that the Blues might look to trim their squad during the current transfer window, with Ivanovic, Juan Mata and David Luiz among those said to be attracting interest from afar.
Mourinho, though, says the club remain on a sound financial footing and have no intention of sanctioning the sale of senior professionals who have a big part to play heading forward.
On the Ivanovic rumours, the Portuguese told Sky Sports News: "They didn't contact Chelsea. If there was any interest, it was not official.
"As a manager, a board, we have the responsibility of running the club, and the owner, and we are very, very clear that there is no chance that Ivanovic will leave Chelsea."
Asked if any departures are required, he added: "No. The club is solid. The club is very well organised, the numbers are correct.
"We as a club want to follow the Financial Fair Play rules, but we are in a very stable situation.
"I like the squad, I like the profile. I like the fact we have a very young squad with three or four experienced players that are still in a fantastic moment of their career."
While Mourinho is not expecting to move players on, he also claims to be happy with the attacking talent at his disposal and feels no need to bolster a strike force which includes the likes of Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku.
He said: "We have strikers. The market is open and anything can happen, but it depends on the opportunities and it depends if the market really starts, because at the moment the market is very stopped.
"We are okay, we are very much okay. If the transfer window closed tomorrow and we do nothing, I am more than happy."
Sources close to Rooney claim the 27-year-old England international striker is unhappy about his treatment by the club.
Reporter Kaveh Solhekol told Sky Sports News: "Rooney believes he is at the peak of his career and has no intention of becoming a squad rotation player or by playing second fiddle to anyone at Old Trafford.
"He believes he has nothing left to prove after nine successful seasons - yet that is what is being suggested by reports in the media which have interpreted the club's statement as meaning he's currently on trial for the coming season.
"Since he's returned from the pre-season tour due to injury, Rooney has been in touch with the club and spoken to David Moyes on the phone - he is angry and confused at the way he's been treated."
Rooney has been linked with a transfer to both Arsenal and Chelsea in recent weeks and it is understood he is open to the idea of moving to London from the North West.
He also expects to be fit for the start of the new season despite flying home from Bangkok last week due to a hamstring problem.
Rooney has two years left on his current contract at Old Trafford but new chief executive Ed Woodward revealed at the weekend that an extension is not on United's agenda.
Woodward said: "No contract renewals are being discussed. I am not sitting down with any player on an extension and there is no trigger date in the diary.
"Would we be afraid to run a contract down? Of course not."
United manager David Moyes still sees Rooney as a key member of his squad, but he said at the weekend: "Overall, my thought on Wayne is, if for any reasons we had an injury to Robin van Persie, we'll need him.
"Wayne can play up on his own, he can play dropped in. It's going to be a time to see how I work with Wayne.
"Manchester United isn't about Wayne Rooney. Manchester United is about the team - the club.
"I won't allow Wayne Rooney to become more important than the football club and the football team, because that's the heart of it."
Cavani had been linked with a host of European clubs this summer, with Manchester City and Real Madrid also rumoured to be interested in the Uruguayan forward.
However, the French champions had stepped up their pursuit in the last week and announced the much-anticipated news on their official website that they had signed their man on Tuesday afternoon, with the fee reported to be in the region of Â£55m.
"The arrival of Edinson Cavani demonstrates the ability of the club to attract the best players in the world," said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
"The player seduced by our project is pleased to join an ambitious and eager to take on new challenges team. We are particularly pleased to offer the Parisian public a player of immense talent and one who is coveted everywhere."
Cavani has been in sparkling form since joining Napoli from their Italian rivals Palermo in July 2010, scoring 104 goals in just 138 appearances for the Partenopei.
He was particularly prolific last season with 29 goals to help the Naples club finish second in Serie A, while his tally helped him win the Capocannoniere, which rewards the league's top scorer.
The 26-year-old is just the latest big-money signing for the free-spending Parisiens, who have recruited Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marco Verratti, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura, Javier Pastore and Thiago Silva in the last couple of years.
Cavani is expected to form a dream-team strike pairing with Ibrahimovic, who was named Ligue 1 player of the year after bagging 30 goals last season.
New PSG boss Laurent Blanc will also be hoping Cavani and playmaker Lavezzi can rekindle their impressive partnership from their days at Napoli together.