The first few weeks of PSG's newly formed 'Big 3' have been rather patchy for the club. Despite 'Les Rouge et Bleu' not dropping a single point in all competitions (until this weekend) growing tensions are starting to become evident between Cavani and world record signing Neymar. With Cavani looking more and more likely to call it quits at Parc de Prince, here we look at the reasons why the French giants can't afford to let the Uruguayan leave... Cavani is the best striker in the Ligue 1....
Cavani is the best striker in the Ligue 1. Fact.
If PSG sell him, they will be losing out on a striker that has scored 13 goals in 16 games across all competitions this season already. Even looking back to last year when he became the main striker after Ibrahimovic left, he scored 35 in 35 appearances in Ligue 1 alone.
With such quality in the front 3 it would be hard to say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. But at PSG, Cavani makes everything click into place.
Neymar is a forward who thrives on the left and Mbappe has started to show promise in a wide position as well. Cavani is needed to be that man in the middle to score off of the wingers' assists.
If PSG were to sell Cavani, who would they replace him with?
There aren't any other strikers of the same pedigree as Cavani who would be willingly sold by the club they are currently at. The likes of Dybala, Suarez, Aguero and the other elite strikers around Europe don't look like they'll leave their respective clubs any time soon.
You could quite easily argue that Cavani is the perfect striker.
He is a clinical finisher as shown by his goalscoring stats, but he is just as dangerous off the ball. He can get in behind the defence with his pace, but is also able to hold up the ball and play through the wings.
The only teams that could afford Cavani are the top clubs around Europe that would be competing with PSG for titles.
Within France, Lyon could afford him after selling Tolisso and Lacazette this summer, and Monaco have money in abundance. Outside of France, Napoli could go in for a Cavani comeback seeing as Milik is injury-prone, or even a club without a big-name striker like Liverpool could make a move.