There are strong indications according to the Express that Uruguayan hitman, Edinson Cavani would move to the Emirates soon, with reports suggesting that the striker remains unsettled in Paris.
Cavani, 27, has been in quite an impressive form of late, registering a brace in PSG’s penultimate Champions League group match against Ajax last week, but that has not masked the fact that he still has not hit the form he’s shown over the years, especially at Napoli.
The Arsenal attacking armoury has not been seen as reasonably lacking this season, especially with the signing of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, with Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain also majorly involved in positive ways.
That said, the signing of Cavani would put some kind of definitive seal of a complete World Class set-up going forward and will be as good as any to be found in most European teams. This fact is also evinced by Manchester’s United reported interest in the striker, as they seek supplements to the aging van Persie and on-loan Radamel Falcao.
Cavani cost the big-money French spenders a whooping £55m two years ago and it is believed that the club will be looking to recoup much of that mammoth fee, a price not less than £50m been touted as the starting price.
It is doubtful that PSG would be open to listen to offers in January as they have made easy progress to the second round of the Champions League, while looking on course to fight their way to a third consecutive Ligue 1 title.
By Wenger’s statement on his admiration for the striker, he will very much like to have him in his team, handling him in the right way to produce the full content of his locker. The manager believes Cavani does not have enough of the creative backing he needs at PSG, and with the likes of Ozil, Cazorla, Wilshere and Alexis, Wenger must feel he has the stock to get the striker back on song.
PSG are looking to keep themselves away from the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play sledgehammer, with the release of a few players. This summer, they signed David Luis from Chelsea for an outrageous £50m – a record fee for a defender – and could not sign Angel di Maria for fear of breaching the spending rules.
The exit of Cavani will see them gain some ‘carbon-credits’ and keep them safe from further sanctions.
Cavani, at 27, is still in the peak of his career and must be eager to get it back on track after what could be described as a 3-season stall. Playing under the cloud of Ibrahimovich has limited his freedom of expression on the pitch, having to play out of position on the wings.
And then, there is the popular notion that the Ligue 1 is not really the place where the biggest stars gain notice, Ibra himself having toured Italy and Spain before making the ‘retirement’ move to France.
The Agueros, Costas and Lewandoskis are not playing in the Ligue 1; even Falcao took notice too.
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