Edinson Cavani is a potential target of ours this summer, with the Uruguayan handing in a transfer request at his current club Paris Saint-Germain, according to Italian publication Tutto Mercato.
There have been tenuous links to the Ligue 1 striker in the past (via the Express), with a move to the Emirates never coming to fruition. His presumably astronomical transfer fee would probably prove the main stumbling block, but even if we were to stump up the cash, would he be welcomed?
The Metro report that we would have to fork out a massive £55m for the 28-year-old, a figure it’s hard to see Wenger matching. We could do with attacking reinforcements ahead of the new campaign, but when you consider the form of Olivier Giroud this season, it may be hard for the boss to justify spending so much on Cavani.
Giroud has been superb since returning from injury earlier in the campaign, and is one of the in form strikers in Europe in 2015. Danny Welbeck has proved incapable of bearing the load when deployed in Giroud’s absence however, and we can’t rely on our French forward to play every game of the season.
Cavani has been much maligned since his move to PSG, having failed to reach the expectations heaped on his shoulders. He has scored 24 goals in all competitions for PSG this season though, which is not bad considering he has spent the majority of the campaign playing out on the wings. He is far more effective when he moves inside, evidenced by his ten goals – and one assist – in 17 appearances as a central striker (via Who Scored).
His figures for the French champions are nowhere near as impressive as the numbers he achieved while at Serie A side Napoli – 78 goals in 104 appearances – but he still has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League.
A tall and powerful forward, he shouldn’t struggle with the aggressive and fast paced nature of the English top flight. He is excellent in the air, although admittedly nowhere near as good as Giroud. He offers something the HFB doesn’t though, and that is the ability to make runs in behind. Cavani is much faster than most men his size, and is one of football’s more well rounded strikers.
There are unquestionably better strikers out there, but it is about what is available to us. £55m would be an extortionate amount for Cavani, and if the figure is correct then perhaps we should give this one a miss. PSG may be forced to sell him now that he has handed in a transfer request however, so if we can get him for a reduced price then we should jump at the chance.
Rumours of Cavani’s arrival in North London are often met with mixed reactions from Arsenal fans, but he would almost certainly improve our current side – even if we have to break the bank to bring him in.