Arsenal are interested in completing a shock move for unsettled Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports in The Express.
The Uruguayan international only joined the Ligue 1 champions over the summer in a mega money deal, but it is believed that he is already considering his options.
The report suggests that Arsenal have expressed an interest in bringing the Uruguayan hitman to the Emirates after learning that he is less than content in Paris. Cavani is reportedly unhappy at having to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Parc des Princes and has made discrete enquiries about his options should he choose to leave.
It further states that the Gunners were one of the first clubs to respond, although Chelsea and Manchester City have also been linked with the player in the past. He is thought to earn £7m a year after tax at PSG, approximately £135,000 a week, and that could test Arsenal’s wage structure.
The Gunners are in serious need of a striker, with Olivier Giroud carrying a rather heavy burden on his own at the moment. The likes of Luis Suarez, Alexandre Pato and Karim Benzema are just some of the names linked with a switch to the Emirates in the January window, and Cavani arguably trumps them all with his goal scoring prowess.
Cavani began his career at Uruguayan club Danubio and after impressing at the South American youth championships in 2007, he attracted the attention of Italian giants Milan and Juventus. However he signed for Palermo in January 2007 and initially struggled to make an impact at the Rosanero, but after the departure of Amauri to Juventus in 2008 cemented Cavani’s place in the first team.
He joined Napoli in 2010 and was an instant success as he linked intricately and devastatingly over the next couple of seasons with Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi at the tip of the ‘Azzurri’ attack. He scored 38 goals in 43 games in 2012/13 and was top scorer in Serie A with 29 goals. In his three years at Napoli, Cavani scored an incredible 104 goals in 138 matches and then joined Paris Saint-Germain this summer but is reportedly unhappy at the French club.
The Uruguayan possesses blistering pace, an admirable work ethic and is just as happy playing on the right side of the attack or on the wing, where he harries defenders and gives a more physical option on the flank. He is strong, physical, quick and prolific in front of the goal and is much more than just a goalscorer.
Cavani is certainly the kind of player that Arsenal need, although a move looks extremely unlikely. He will cost us around £55-60 million, which is out of Arsenal’s reach particularly after the acquisition of Ozil. I hope Wenger will sign a striker in the January window however it’s unlikely be Cavani, but anything can happen in football. Remember Ozil?
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