Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has arguably dropped the biggest hint yet that he may be set for a summer departure from Parc des Princes.
According to The Independent, the 28-year-old is growing tired of being used out of position, as Laurent Blanc continues to prefer Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the striker role.
“I don’t know whether I will stay at PSG. I might stay, I might leave,” he said.
“When I arrived at PSG, I was forced to play on the wing. People don’t understand how much that has influenced my performances. I would score a lot more if I was played as a striker.
“I want to play as a striker. I would without a doubt do much better in my own position.”
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Despite spending much of the season on the wing, the Uruguayan has hit the back of the net on 25 occasions in all competitions. He has helped the Ligue 1 side finally establish themselves at the top of the table at this crucial time in the season, having spent most of the campaign battling it out with Lyon and Marseille. And whilst the latter have fallen away, the former remain just three points behind with three games to go.
The main stumbling block to any potential transfer would more than likely be the fee that it would take to bring him to our club. The Independent report that his current side’s owner has previously insisted that even a bid of €50m would not be enough to tempt them into selling.
Despite the possible difficulties, there is little doubt that signing a striker has to be one of Arsene Wenger’s biggest priorities this summer. When Olivier Giroud was fit, he proved that he was one of the Premier League’s most dangerous forwards. But, his spell on the sidelines effectively left our title hopes in tatters, with a near-perfect run required by the time he got back. And whilst the squad put together a monumental effort to put pressure on Chelsea, the lack of goalscoring options in the Frenchman’s absence arguably cost us dear.
However, Cavani is unlikely to want to play second-fiddle to Giroud. They are both at an age where patience will be at a premium, especially in a system that allows for just one striker. Unlike his potential rival, the Frenchman has proved his ability in the English league, and whilst Cavani’s quality is undeniable, the fortunes of Radamel Falcao – another player that shone across Europe, but has failed in England – should act as a warning that reputation does not buy success.