The La Liga club has identified Cavani as a potential transfer target in January following their struggles in front of goal under Diego Simeone this term.
With Alvaro Morata the club’s only fit striker, Atletico are sixth in La Liga and have scored just 16 goals from 16 games.
Atletico would be keen to push through a deal in January, but would struggle to cater for Cavani’s wage demands given his current salary worth over €18m in Paris.
Diego Simeone’s side are operating at 100% of their salary cap and can’t realistically clear enough funds for Cavani’s arrival in January, according to Spanish outlet El Mundo Deportivo.
Cavani is out of contract in six months, and another report in Diario AS states that the Ligue 1 champions are not looking to renew the Uruguayan’s contract.
An injury to Atletico striker Diego Costa has accelerated the Spanish club’s interest in Cavani, who has scored just twice so far this season.
If Atletico Madrid turns out not to be the destination for Cavani, could his attention to be drawn to the new Major League Soccer team in Miami, Inter Miami CF?
L’Equipe has previously reported that the Uruguayan already has a principle agreement with the David Beckham led franchise, which is set to start playing in MLS next year.
Cavani, who turns 33 in February, is one of the most accomplished and complete No. 9s in the world, scoring at a rapid clip in Serie A with Palermo and Napoli before moving to PSG in 2013 and playing an instrumental role in the Parisian club’s subsequent dominance of Ligue 1. He’s starred for Uruguay in the past three FIFA World Cups and was the leading scorer in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying during the 2018 cycle.