By Chineze Ogugua
Paris Saint-Germain have denied reports that Edinson Cavani was offered €1 million by club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to allow Neymar to take penalties, stating the story as untrue.
Cavani and Neymar recently disagreed over a second-half free kick and a penalty during PSG’s 2-0 home win over Lyon in which they won 2-0, and their public spat has led to reports of a rift between the pair.
According to El Pais who carried the reports, Cavani currently has a €1m bonus clause in his contract if he finishes top scorer in Ligue 1 but that PSG chairman and CEO Al-Khelaifi had made an offer via an intermediary that would allow him to claim the bonus regardless on the provison he gave up his status as designated penalty taker.
The Spanish newspaper went on to state that Cavani rejected the offer. However, French paper Le Parisien on Monday reported that the club has described the report as inaccurate.
According to their tweet: “PSG have formally denied information suggesting Cavani might give up penalties in exchange for the automatic payment of a bonus.”
Neymar and Cavani will feature in their Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.