Edison Cavani’s free transfer to Portuguese side Benfica has fallen through according to reports.

The Uruguay striker left Paris St Germain when his contract expired at the end of June after having become disgruntled about having to act as a backup to Mauro Icardi.

The collapse of the deal was confirmed by Benfica’s director of football Rui Costa who told A Bola on Saturday that everything on the deal was closed.

“Everyone knows that Benfica was interested in Cavani, we made a proposal for him, but that ball is no longer in our court. We ended our part in the negotiations because we can’t do more than we have already done.

“This matter is completely closed on our side. I don’t want to give the impression of having reopened anything, because we are not going to reopen.

“It was not possible, so we will create other solutions. We cannot now think of things that are not possible,” he said.

The deal is said to have collapsed after the player refused to accept a cut on his wages. He earned a reported £360,000 per week at PSG, whereas the Eagles’ offer was reported to be €10 million a year – around £175,000 per week.

Cavani had been linked with a series of clubs that included Manchester United and Newcastle United although there is a belief he might head to China or the MLS.

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