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Edinson Cavani tipped to replace Antoine Griezmann’s goals at Atletico Madrid

By Ben Green

Published: 16:12, 17 June 2019

Former Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has endorsed the signing of Edinson Cavani as Diego Simeone prepares for life without Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann announced last month that he will be parting company from Atleti this summer, and PSG forward Cavani has emerged as his potential successor.

Could Atleti sign Cavani? Five things to know…

  1. Griezmann has already confirmed his departure from Atletico Madrid this summer.
  2. As such, Los Colchoneros will need a replacement forward for the 2019/20 season.
  3. It was reported by Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo last month that Cavani has already agreed to join Atleti.
  4. But the club would first need to offload Diego Costa.
  5. Should a move come to fruition, Falcao believes Cavani will “continue” his prodigious goalscoring rate.

The Parisians’ all-time record goalscorer endured a sporadic 2018/19 as injuries hampered his season, but the 32-year-old still managed to find the back of the net 23 times.

Overall, the Uruguayan has scored a quite outrageous 193 goals in 279 appearances for the French giants, but he refused to rule out a departure from the Parc des Princes in April, sparking rumours of a move to Atleti, where Falcao believes his prowess in the final third would no doubt “continue” to flourish.

“For me, Edinson is a top striker,” Falcao stated.

“In Paris, he has scored lots of goals every year and wherever he goes, he will continue to do so.”

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Falcao dissects Colombia win over Argentina

Both Falcao and Cavani are currently competing in the Copa America with Colombia and Uruguay respectively, and both got off to winning ways in the opening matches.

Los Cafeteros, coached by former Real Madrid manager and Man Utd assistant Carlos Queiroz, secured a 2-0 win over Argentina, while Cavani and Co humbled Ecuador 4-0.

Colombia had not beaten Albiceleste in over a decade, and Falcao believes his nation have matured significantly in that time, while also praising the tactical output of Queiroz.

“We had not beaten them for almost 12 years and it was a challenge,” Falcao added. “We have matured a lot and we seized the opportunity.

“We had a great defensive mindset. We suffocated them and made them inaccurate with their passes.

“We retrieved the ball quickly and that made it easier.”