Arsenal have been hugely boosted in their pursuit of Chelsea target Ezequiel Lavezzi, as Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc refused to play down the possibility of a transfer when asked.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport, citing RMC, Blanc confirmed to reporters that he is looking to sell some of his players, and specifically spoke about a potential Emirates move for Lavezzi. The Argentinian winger has made quite a name for himself in recent seasons and, despite the fact that he only made a big money move to France two summers ago, is wanted by Arsene Wenger as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging on all fronts.
Reports earlier on today suggested that the Frenchman has been convinced to make a bid for Lavezzi by one of his scouts, and it’s also thought that Jose Mourinho has retained a strong interest in his services as well. Interestingly, when asked over the prospect, Blanc was open with his response, and admitted that though he wasn’t looking to sell any of his players in a hurry, he would consider allowing some to depart after the World Cup to make both room and funds for acquisitions of his own.
He said: “A departure from Ezequiel Lavezzi to Arsenal? What would interest me would be to keep the same number [for now]. After that, there is a World Cup and there will be players who will be sought.
“There are some who perhaps will share their desire to leave Paris. I will take this into consideration. This is not the case today."
The Frenchman’s comments make for very interesting reading for both Arsenal and Chelsea fans, as it would appear that Lavezzi will be allowed to leave so long as it is what he wants. The 29-year-old is thought to be available for around £15million, and may well be open to the idea of taking on a new challenge, having perhaps not enjoyed the sort of personal success he initially envisaged upon making the switch to the Parc des Princes.
ARSENAL OR CHELSEA?
Both sides should appeal to a player of Lavezzi’s obvious quality, particularly given the fact that he has struggled at times since moving from Napoli. Whilst Jose Mourinho’s ambition virtually ensures that Chelsea will be fighting on all fronts next year, it’s at Arsenal that the mercurial wide-man would be guaranteed plenty of game-time. The Blues already have an abundance of attacking talent, and the likes of Willian, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar will all provide stern competition.
Of course Lavezzi is far from the only PSG star to be being linked with the exit door, and the idea of him leaving could well hinge on the futures of the likes of Edinson Cavani and Lucas Moura. Thanks to the restrictions put in place with the Financial Fair Play rules Blanc knows that he has to sell if he wants to buy players, and with plenty of expensive names supposedly on his wish-list, trying to flog invaluable individuals simply won’t do. Therefore it stands to reason that Lavezzi could well move, but PSG will be wary of unsettling their squad too much with high-profile departures.