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Ibrahimovic out, Cavani in at PSG

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has hinted Zlatan Ibrahimovic will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer just as the Ligue 1 champions are poised to complete Edinson Cavani's move from the Serie A club.

Though he signed a three-year contract with PSG only last summer, Ibrahimovic, 31, has been linked to Manchester City and Real Madrid, where he would be reunited with Carlo Ancelotti, within the last week.

The Swedish international forward is close to Ancelotti and spoke of his disappointment the Italian left the Parc des Princes after leading the club to the French title last season. Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, and PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi have both recently stated last season's Ligue 1 leading scorer would not be leaving, but De Laurentiis believes otherwise.

"He won't play with Cavani," the Napoli president said before officially presenting his club's new coach, Rafael Benitez, to the media. "He's already been promised to other horizons."

While the phrase casts doubt on Ibrahimovic's future, it all but confirms Cavani's with the Uruguayan due to fly into France from his native country to finalise his Ligue 1 record €64 million switch to Paris.

Various French media sources report the prolific forward, who top-scored in Serie A last season with 29 strikes, will undergo a medical on Monday before finalising the details of a five-year, €10m-a-year deal with PSG sporting director Leonardo and managing director Jean-Claude Blanc.

If De Laurentiis is to be believed, the negotiations are likely to be lively as he claims the former Palermo forward's interest is primarily financial.

"We need to have 11 top players. If he didn't have the others in the side, Cavani would never have scored 30 goals. Cavani is just hooked on money."

Al Khelaifi, who has been in his native Qatar for the start of Ramadan, is due to return to Paris to attend Cavani's official unveiling, which is reportedly set for Tuesday in front of the Eiffel Tower in the same place where Ibrahimovic was first displayed to the media and fans a year ago. Cavani is then due to return to Uruguay to continue his holidays before beginning training with the PSG squad at the end of the month.

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