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Cavani signs for Paris SG for record $84m

Uruguay striker leaves Napoli and sets sights on Champions League following biggest ever French transfer.

Last Modified: 17 Jul 2013 02:44
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Cavani was top scorer in Italy's Serie A last season [Getty]

Paris Saint-Germain has broken the French football league transfer record by signing striker Edinson Cavani from Italian club Napoli for a reported fee of $84 million.

The Qatar-bankrolled French champions announced on Tuesday that the 26-year-old Uruguay international had signed a five-year deal. Cavani was the Italian Serie A's top scorer last season with 29 goals.

The previous highest French transfer was set earlier this year, when Colombia forward Radamel Falcao signed for Monaco from Atletico Madrid for an estimated $79 million.

"I'd like to thank everyone who made this transfer possible, it's a great project," Cavani, nicknamed 'the Matador', told a news conference.

"I'd also like to thank the people in Napoli who went out of their way to make it possible "I come here with lots of joy, lots of confidence, lots of hunger and lots of motivation to win major trophies," he said.

"My message to everyone in this city and to the [PSG] fans is that I'm here with an enormous appetite to reach these aims."

"This club is one of the top sides in the world, it's one of a group of sides that can win the Champions League."

Sitting alongside him was PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi who said: "Everyone wanted him, but today he signed for us.

"He was the highest scorer in Italy, I hope he's going to do even better for us this season."

Cavani arrived in Europe in 2007 when he was signed for $6.5 million by the Italian outfit, Palermo. He transferred to Napoli three years later for $14.5 million. He transferred to Napoli three years later for $14.5 million.

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