Leeds United face an even tougher task than before if they want to sign Edinson Cavani after Bayern Munich became the latest European force to join the race for the striker, according to reports.
The Uruguayan forward remains a free agent after letting his contract at Paris Saint-Germain run down, bringing an end to a seven-year stay at the Parc des Princes, and he looked set to join Portuguese giants Benfica.
Leeds had drawn up an ambitious plan to bring him to Elland Road following promotion to the Premier League but Benfica had appeared to be in pole position after talks with the player.
But French outlet Le10Sport are reporting that Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are now also eyeing a deal.
The report claims that the German side are looking for a backup for star striker Robert Lewandowski and have identified Cavani as an excellent candidate.
The report even goes as far as to state that Cavani’s half-brother, who works as his agent, has even held talks with Bayern.
The 116-cap Uruguay international’s wages however remain a huge obstacle for all interested parties, with Cavani understood to be demanding more than £200,000 a week.
The report maintains that the most advanced discussions are taking place with Benfica, who are hoping the lure of Champions League football will convince the ex-Napoli player to take a pay cut.
With Bayern unlikely to want to splash the cash on a back-up, Leeds are not yet out of the reckoning, with owner Andrea Radrizzani admitting he’d love to bring the striker on board this summer.
The Italian told Sky Sport Italia: ‘In addition to his quality, Cavani could contribute with his physicality and adapt here, but I’ve never talked about him with the coach.
‘Having said that, we’ve certainly thought about him and we’ll see, given he’s still available on a free transfer.’
Cavani’s scored 200 goals in 301 games for Ligue 1 champions PSG after netting 104 in 138 matches for Napoli.