There appears to be some bad blood between Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc and Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani (via The Telegraph), which gives us a boost in the hunt for his signature.
We’ve been linked with a £45m move for the forward in the past (via the Daily Star), but PSG haven’t always seemed willing to sell. Blanc’s comments suggest things may have changed though, and Cavani could now be set for an exit from the Ligue 1 champions.
“There is a problem with Cavani’s behaviour but my job is to think of the entire squad as a collective,” said Blanc.
“I believe that he can score here but I understand if he wants to consider other career opportunities.”
The report comes in the wake of Cavani allegedly demanding that he take Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s place as the lone striker at PSG, with the 28-year-old so far forced to play second fiddle to the giant Swede.
Blanc clearly doesn’t share Cavani’s sentiments, and seems unwilling to give in to what he sees as unreasonable demands.
While this situation does seem like it would benefit us in our hunt for Cavani’s signature, in actuality these stories could damage any chances the free-scoring forward has of making a switch to north London.
Arsene Wenger puts a huge importance in team cohesion and squad harmony, something he wouldn’t want to disrupt by adding a volatile personality. The Frenchman often asks his players to play roles they aren’t accustomed to – Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, and Mesut Özil all playing on the wings at one point or another – and he wouldn’t want a player unwilling to do as they were told.
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While it’s hard to see Cavani being utilised anywhere other than up front, Wenger may well have been turned off hearing these stories. We’ve seen the impact of a disruptive presence in the dressing room, with players like William Gallas having a really negative impact on the team.
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