Edinson Cavani is reported to have been afforded an opportunity to sign for Manchester United this summer, with his future as a Paris Saint-Germain player clearly in doubt. Arsenal have also been credited with interest in the Uruguay international, and a transfer to the Emirates Stadium would be a more logical move for Cavani to pursue.
It was less than a year ago that Cavani left Napoli having plundered breathtaking 104 goals in only three seasons with the club, and PSG broke their transfer record in order to secure his acquisition. And that takes some doing, given the significant outlay of the Ligue 1 champions since the Qatari billions arrived.
But Cavani is seemingly unhappy at the Parc des Princes. He wants a role of greater prominence, and specifically in his preferred position of central striker. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays in this role, and he is performing rather well. Cavani will have to leave the French capital to achieve what he desires, and the Premier League would appear his most likely destination.
Arsenal have identified the signing of a goalscorer of some repute as a summer priority, and few others can boast a record quite as impressive as Cavani’s over the past four seasons. It would clearly be a fantastic deal for the Gunners - of that there is no doubt.
They would be able to afford it, too. Cavani earns around £150,000-per-week with PSG and, if it is true Arsenal are prepared to pay £185,000-per-week to Mario Balotelli, then the club would have no problem adding the former to there wage bill, that is of course if he is signed ahead of the Italian.
There is the transfer fee too, of course, but PSG would surely have to accept a loss on Cavani, and Arsenal could feasibly get a relatively reasonable deal. It would too be a good deal for the player himself.
The perfect fit
Arsenal are able to offer Cavani the prominent role he craves. Cavani would not be required to play second fiddle to Olivier Giroud, and the prospect of becoming the undoubted leader of a Champions League attack would perfectly pander to his ego.
The Gunners are perhaps the only European superpower in the market with the acquisition of a marquee striker their key objective, and their want dovetails perfectly with that of Cavani.
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Why not Manchester United?
While Manchester United have an allure like no other club in the Premier League, they would do rather well to convince Cavani that a transfer to Old Trafford would be the correct decision for him to take.
Already among the club’s number are Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck. Cavani is a greater attacking threat than the latter three, but his prospects of ousting Van Persie are remote indeed.
Van Persie’s status at Manchester United will be enhanced following the arrival of Louis van Gaal as David Moyes’ successor, and the Netherlands coach will remove any lingering doubt about who the club’s first-choice centre-forward will be.
A move to Manchester United, then, would result in Cavani encountering a situation not too dissimilar to the one he finds himself in currently, and it would make significantly more sense to stay at PSG rather than join the Red Devils, if the latter is his only option.