Paris Saint-Germain confirmed Tuesday that it has signed Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani to a five-year contract.

The defending Ligue 1 champion paid Napoli 64 million euros ($84 million) - a record in French soccer - for Cavani, who led Italy's Serie A with 29 goals last season.

Napoli drove a hard bargain, PSG owner Nasser el-Khelaifi said at a press conference to introduce the club's latest acquisition, though adding that the deal was indispensable to his project of making the Parisian side "the best team in Europe."

The transfer announced Tuesday is the fifth most costly in the history of professional soccer.

Cavani will receive a salary of 10 million euros a year.

"I have been able to verify the confidence the team has in me from all the efforts they have made and all the money they have invested in my signing," Cavani said.

PSG's first league title in almost two decades was due in great part to the scoring prowess of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who led Ligue 1 with 30 tallies, and the addition of Cavani is likely to take some pressure off of the Swedish international. EFE