According to sources contacted by Get French Football News, OGC Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivère held talks with Edinson Cavani (35) about a possible free transfer – but was quickly informed that the Uruguayan is focusing on a move to Spain. After this, Nice gave up on their pursuit of the former PSG striker.
President Jean-Pierre Rivère is no stranger to pulling off high-profile, surprise transfers. Having tempted Hatem Ben Arfa and Mario Balotelli to the Allianz Riviera in the past, he was looking to pull off another big-name move. Having leaned on youth, Rivère now wants to add some experience to the mix – already shown by the signings of former Arsenal and Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
It was reported in July that the club were interested in the player, who despite reaching the tail-end of his career is nonetheless widely coveted by some of Europe’s top clubs after leaving Manchester United at the expiry of his contract. Cavani is no stranger to Ligue 1, where he made 200 appearances for Paris Saint-Germain over seven years at the club.