Arsenal are reportedly still pushing hard to secure a deal for PSG striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports in the Metro.
The Gunners are looking to bring in a striker ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline with Olivier Giroud set to be out until January due to a leg fracture he suffered against Everton. Wenger is known to be a keen admirer of Cavani and is hopeful of concluding a deal before the transfer window end.
The report states that the French boss is working on a deal to sign the Uruguayan international from Paris Saint Germain and if a move is agreed, he’ll then sell Joel Campbell to Benfica.
It further states that the Portuguese giants have apparently tabled a bid for Campbell but Wenger won’t sanction his sale until another forward is secured and it appears Cavani is in his sights.
The 27 year old is rumoured to be unhappy at the Ligue 1 side with Ibrahimovic taking centre-stage and although the Uruguay international is prepared to give his PSG career one more season, an offer from Arsenal might just be too good to turn down.
Cavani scored 16 goals in 30 league games last season, managing two assists, meaning the Uruguayan averaged one assist every 15 games and he also has an impressive shot accuracy of 45% in 96 attempts. He has a passing accuracy of 86%, he beats his men 56.25% of the time and won 46.67% aerial duels.
Style of Play:
Cavani is a natural striker who can play on both wings, but he’s by far stronger as a centre forward because of his positioning and instincts. He is an excellent finisher with both of his feet, but his greatest asset is his head. He’s magnificent in the air due to his strength and powerful jump. He’s got the instinct to be at the right place at the right time, his movement and positioning giving him an advantage to create promising chances.
He has also got very good pace to break away from the defence and be very dangerous at counters. He is a hard-running and diligent worker, but he occasionally ‘disappears’ in a game. He can score goals out of nothing from his passivity, but he mostly isn’t present in the attack if he has a bad day.
Should we Buy?
Cavani is a guaranteed goal-getter and is perfect for Arsenal’s lone striking role at the tip of their customary 4-5-1 formation and much like Olivier Giroud, he’s tall and powerful, capable of using his frame and quality to bring others into the game. The sheer threat of Cavani’s netting prowess and his ability to turn a match on its head is enough to keep any backline firmly on their toes.
I would love to see Edinson Cavani in an Arsenal shirt, but I think we’ll find it extremely difficult to persuade the French giants to sell at this late stage and even if they do agree to sell, it’s understood they will want in the region of £50 million. It’s difficult to see Wenger willing to pay that kind of fee and match the wages the Uruguayan would want. It remains to be seen whether the Gunners will actually sign another striker, let alone a player like Cavani. Fingers crossed though.
Rumour Rater : 2/5
1 – Never going to happen
2 – Unlikely
3 – Could be possible
4 – Likely
5 – Done deal
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