After dismissing any January move for Ipswich’s defender Tyrone Mings, Wenger has further thinned the list of possible targets for Arsenal by pouring cold water over a potential blockbuster move for PSG’s wantaway striker, Edinson Cavani according to Daily Star.
The fierce looking Uruguayan has been linked with a move from the Parc des Princes since the beginning of this season, with Arsenal mostly rumoured to be his likely destination. Such beliefs have been ramped up by Wenger’s public admiration of the ex-Napoli man, even stating he is not being used to full potential in the Ligue 1. With the suspicions of apparent fractures in his relationship with boss Laurent Blanc, and Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Arsenal have been favoured to take advantage of the striker’s unsettled situation to land him at the Emirates.
However, when questioned on the rumours linking Lukas Podolski on a move away in January, Wenger chipped in the verse that all but seals any further musings on a move for Cavani.
“I don’t give any importance to rumours” Wenger said
“There was a rumour two days [Wednesday] ago in France that I offered £62 million for Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain. Everyday there is a different rumour so I don’t give importance to that.”
“I don’t want to comment on speculation” has been one of the most famous Wengerisms we’ve become accustomed to but the man has been anything but reserved with regards to transfers, especially going into the winter break. We all expect Wenger to probably keep us guessing until we see it on Arsenal.com but the manager appears not have any doubts about who he intends to buy in the coming weeks, and it appears not to include Cavani.
Maybe, it does, just not for £62m.
For a manager who’ve spent the better part of his career before making a £25m-plus signing, it’d be wishful thinking to expect him to just dip and dash time and again. It is still possible that Wenger wants to sign Cavani, but never for such a mammoth fee. He was worth £55m because he was 24 and it was PSG buying, just as they paid an over-priced £50m for David Luiz.
Now 28, Wenger would know how quickly things could go wrong and it could be a huge blow to the club’s financial records, with a potential hot water situation with UEFA on FFP rules if the books do not balance at the end of the day.
In Welbeck, Grioud, Alexis and Walcott, Arsenal still boasts one of the top three forward lines in the Premier League and if the other parts of the team are not addressed, splashing all that money on a player who’s not been on top form will be rather wasteful. We’d rather spend half on Hummels and the other on a top class defensive midfielder.
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