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Motta excited by potential Cavani coup

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta believes Napoli striker Edinson Cavani would be a great signing for the French club.

Cavani has long been linked with a move to the Ligue 1 champions and is thought to be close to agreeing a five-year deal with the Parc des Princes outfit.

PSG won the league crown at a canter last season and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, falling to Barcelona on away goals.

Motta, who moved to PSG from Inter in January 2012, feels that Cavani could help the club to improve further.

“When he was in Palermo I did not watch him much, but I have watched him often with Napoli,” Motta told Le Parisien.

“He is very strong, he works tremendously up front, scoring many. He has a real edge on which we can rely.

“If it happens, it would be a great thing. He has done so much for Uruguay and Napoli. Cavani could help Paris to grow.”

Cavani could be set to link-up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 35 goals for PSG last season, and Motta is in favour of a potential partnership.

“They are very strong. An Ibra-Cavani duo would be wonderful for Paris,” he added.

“But sincerely, I don’t want to talk too much about it as long as it is not official. For the time being, he is still a player of Napoli.”

Monaco have been tipped as PSG’s nearest title challengers next season after signing the likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho.

Motta thinks Monaco’s emergence will be good for the French game, but insists the rivalry will take time to develop.

“It is magnificent. This will require a large part of the world to pay better attention to French football,” Motta explained.

“But, although I hope that this will be a great duel, it will take time for a PSG-Monaco to reach the level of a Barca-Real or a Bayern-Dortmund. The future looks exciting for French football. It is amazing what is happening in France.”

Wed 10 July, 2013
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