Paris St-Germain: Cavani deal is a statement to Monaco

Edinson Cavani is close to joining Paris St-Germain

It's looking like another busy summer in Paris with the French champions set to spend the highest fee of the summer so far...

"Some reports suggest that the announcement of Cavani's move to the Ligue 1 champs is imminent and this is very significant for PSG in terms of retaining their title and pushing on in Europe."

The future destination of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has turned into the transfer saga of the summer so far.

The Italian club have been steadfast in their stance that Cavani will only leave if the £54 million buy-out clause written into his contract is met, something which has repelled even the wealth of Manchester City and Chelsea.

However, money has been no issue for Paris St-Germain since their 2011 takeover by the Qatar Investment Authority and they've now emerged as the club who are most willing to meet Napoli's demands.

Some reports suggest that the announcement of Cavani's move to the Ligue 1 champs is imminent and this is very significant for PSG in terms of retaining their title and pushing on in Europe.

Cavani scored 38 goals in all competitions last season and, in joining an attack which already boasts ex-Napoli team-mate Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the rest of Europe will have to take note.

Having reached the Champions League quarter-finals last season, new manager Laurent Blanc will be hoping this signing can propel them even further in 2013/14, while their current 22.021/1 price for glory is sure to shorten if Cavani's signing is announced.

Blanc's recent appointment to replace new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is part of a sea of changes in the backroom staff in Paris also.

Following Ancelotti out of the door is sporting director and former AC Milan star Leanardo, who has resigned from his role at the club after being attributed with sealing some recent major signings including David Beckham.

One thing that won't have escaped Blanc's attention is the emergence of Monaco as a major force in French football again after their promotion back to Ligue 1 acted as catalyst for some huge summer signings.

Bankrolled by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, Monaco have outlaid a whopping £125 million on transfers already bringing in nine players, most notably splashing £50 million on Radamel Falcao as well as bringing in Porto pairing Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez.

While these players may take a while to gel on the south coast, another stroll to the French title looks unlikely for PSG with Monaco already installed as the second favourites at 4.1. The holders are 1.422/5 frontrunners.

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