Arsenal are optimistic that Paris-Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani will sign for the club before the summer transfer window closes on September 1 - despite the Uruguay international insisting that he’s happy to stay at the Parc des Princes.
This is according to Spanish journalist Kike Marin - and brought to our attention by the Metro - who states that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a huge fan of the prolific 27-year-old and would love to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
PSG want Di Maria first
However, PSG will only contemplate selling Cavani to Arsenal - or another interested club - if they manage to secure the services of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria, who could cost up to €60 million.
In order to finance the move, PSG would need to offload a key player, and Cavani would almost certainly be regarded by manager Laurent Blanc as the most disposable of his few world-class stars.
Cavani: Mixed debut season in Ligue 1
The South American forward endured a mixed debut campaign with the oil-rich Ligue 1 club following his big-money move from Napoli in the summer of 2013.
Despite scoring a reasonably impressive 25 goals in 43 appearances, Cavani was often played out of position in order to accommodate star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, Blanc managed to offer Cavani assurances over his position at the club during recent talks, which proved constructive.
As a result, Cavani is believed to be keen to stick it out at PSG, but the situation would change if Di Maria arrives.
PSG waiting for Real Madrid to drop Di Maria price
As things stand, PSG’s interest in the world-class winger has cooled considerable after they were priced out of a deal by the Spanish giants.
But this may merely be a negotiating tactic. PSG know that Real Madrid, after spending close to £100 million on James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this summer, may considering lowering their asking price as the clock ticks down to the end of August in order to balance their books.
PSG are facing stiff competition for Di Maria’s signature from Manchester United, but the former have the advantage of being able to offer Champions League football.
Watch: Edinson Cavani in action
Arsenal face competition for Cavani
If PSG do decide to sell Cavani, then Arsenal would face an intense transfer battle for the player's signature with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Liverpool are still looking for a permanent replacement for Luis Suarez; Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may be concerned about going into another gruelling season with Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba as his only centre-forward options, while United have a long-standing interest in the clinical Uruguayan.
Wenger, though, appears to believe that Cavani is the perfect acquisition to fire the Gunners to their first Premier League title since 2004.