Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi but will face tough competition from their North London rivals Tottenham, according to reports in The Express.
The Premier League rivals have both been monitoring the unsettled Argentine for some time, and are keen to offer him a winter escape route from the Parc des Princes.
The Argentina international is believed to have grown frustrated with life in the French capital, where his first-team opportunities have been reduced this season.
The report claims Arsenal and Tottenham are the front runners in the Premier League but face stiff competition from the likes of AC Milan and Internazionale who are believed to be keen on luring him back to Italy. It further suggests that PSG could be open to cashing in on Lavezzi but would want to recoup the vast majority of the £23 million they spent to acquire him 16 months ago.
The 28 year old moved to the Ligue 1 big spenders back in July 2012 and played a relatively significant part in the club’s triumphant domestic title success but has been restricted to the bench of late. The arrival of Edinson Cavani over the summer has seen a major shift in PSG’s set-up, with the Uruguayan often used in tandem with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has made seven Ligue 1 starts out of 14 fixtures this season and has been subbed on each and every occasion, managing just one goal in the process.
He is diminutive, fast, skillful, and as well as being able to play as a lone striker, can also play behind a main forward. During his best years at Napoli under Walter Mazzarri he thrived in a role on the left in behind a lone striker and is also very comfortable on the wing.
The Gunners are desperate to bring in a forward to offer Olivier Giroud some competition, although the Frenchman’s fine form has seen them hit the top of the Premier League. He might not be of the calibre of our other striking targets but he is a tricky, strong and direct forward. He is the type of striker who can lead the line on his own or can play second fiddle to a centre forward in front which is exactly what we need, but his ability is still up for debate.
It won’t be too hard to prize him away from the French club considering he will be desperate to play regularly, with a spot in his nation’s squad for the 2014 World Cup his ultimate aim. We will face tough competition from other clubs to sign but the way Arsenal have been playing this season, it wouldn’t be too hard a choice.
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