Arsenal are ready to offer Olivier Giroud plus £32 million in an attempt to convince Paris Saint-Germain to sell Edinson Cavani, reports The Daily Mail.
Arsene Wenger has been frustrated with Giroud's early season form, dropping him to the bench for both the Charity Shield match against Manchester City and the Premier League opener against Crystal Palace in favour of Yaya Sanogo.
Although citing fitness issues brought about by the World Cup, Giroud was not heavily involved in France's campaign, as he played second fiddle to Karim Benzema. Meanwhile Mathieu Debuchy started every game for Les Bleus and has so far featured in every minute of Arsenal's season.
It would appear that Wenger is losing faith with the imposing striker, and he is now ready to cut him from the squad in an attempt to land the world-class Cavani. Wenger hopes offering Giroud will allow Arsenal to sign him for significantly less than PSG's £51 million asking price.
The Uruguayan is frustrated at Parc des Princes and the French club are keen to sell to free up funds to make a move for Angel Di Maria. Laurent Blanc has struggled to fit Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic into the same system since the former joined from Napoli last summer. Both players want to play through the centre and Cavani has been forced to play out of position as a result.
Arsenal are now ready to offer him pride of place up front, where he can lead the line for a strengthening squad. With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, the Gunners are more attractive now than they have been at any point in the last 10 years. Cavani would undoubtedly be tempted.
Premier League rivals
Signing Cavani would not only be Arsenal's second marquee signing of the summer after Sanchez, but it would also be a significant victory over Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have both been linked with a bid for the 27-year-old as PSG continue to try to tout him across Europe. Chelsea seemed a likelier destination after Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba left, but their inability to get rid of high-earner Fernando Torres has cost Mourinho his chance to sign him.
At Old Trafford Van Gaal has seemingly prioritised the defence and midfield this summer. Robin van Persie, who was captain under Van Gaal for Holland, has been trusted to lead the line despite his injury problems while Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez will play understudy if they remain at the club.