Paris Saint-Germain have finally completed the signing of Edinson Cavani from Napoli for a reported £55.5 million on a five-year contract.

Cavani had been linked with a host of European clubs this summer, with Manchester City and Real Madrid also rumoured to be interested in the Uruguyan forward.

However, the French champions had stepped up their pursuit in the last week and announced the much-anticipated news on their official website that they had signed their man this afternoon.

"The arrival of Edinson Cavani demonstrates the ability of the club to attract the best players in the world," said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

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Cavani was prolific at Napoli


"The player was seduced by our project and is pleased to join an ambitious club and eager to take on new challenges team. We are particularly pleased to offer the Parisian public a player of immense talent and one who is coveted everywhere."

Cavani has been in sparkling form since joining Napoli from their Italian rivals Palermo in July 2010, scoring 104 goals in just 138 appearances for the Partenopei.

He was particularly prolific last season with 29 goals to help the Naples club finish second in Serie A, while his tally helped him win the Capocannoniere, which rewards the league's top scorer.

The 26-year-old is just the latest big-money signing for the free-spending Parisiens, who have recruited Zlatan Ibrahimović, Marco Verratti, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Lucas Moura, Javier Pastore and Thiago Silva in the last couple of years.

Cavani is expected to form a dream-team strike pairing with Ibrahimovic, who was named Ligue 1 player of the year after bagging 30 goals last season.

New PSG boss Laurent Blanc will also be hoping Cavani and playmaker Lavezzi can rekindle their impressive partnership from their days at Napoli together.

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  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani (L), and Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, pose with Cavani's jersey during a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, poses with his PSG jersey during a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, and Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG)'s chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi of Qatar (R) give a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, poses with his PSG jersey during a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, poses with his jersey during a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, attends a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, poses with his jersey during a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, poses with his PSG jersey during a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, poses with his jersey during a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, poses with his jersey during a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, gives a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, smiles as he gives a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani (L), and Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, speak during a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, and Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG)'s chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi of Qatar (R) give a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, and Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG)'s chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi of Qatar (R) give a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, gives a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, and Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG)'s chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi of Qatar (R) give a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, gives a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, gives a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, gives a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, attends a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, attends a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, attends a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

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    Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani of Uruguay, and Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG)'s chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi of Qatar (R) give a press conference in Paris on July 16, 2013 after finalising Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club with sources close to the deal saying his 64-million-euro ($84 million) price tag would break the French record. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, attends a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, attends a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani, poses with his jersey during a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)

  • New Paris Saint-Germain Forward Edinson Cavani Attends Press Conference

    PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 16: Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new forward, Edinson Cavani (L), and Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, pose with Cavani's jersey during a press conference on July 16, 2013 in Paris, France. Cavani's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain football club is reported to have cost in the region of £55m. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)