Arsenal favourites to sign Edinson Cavani

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Arsenal have been labelled as the front runners ahead of the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United in the race to sign Edinson Cavani from PSG next summer.

Reports in France claimed Cavani was ready to force an exit from Parc des Princes at the end of the season unless he is afforded to chance to play as a central. So far this season Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been preferred by Laurent Blanc with Cavani playing out wide.

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Odds slashed

According to the Daily Star, bookmaker Paddy Power responded to the reports by slashing Arsenal's odds of signing the 27-year-old to 17/10, making them heavy favourites ahead of Manchester United and Liverpool, who are 6/1 and 8/1 respectively.

However, a stronger challenge for his signature may come from Spain with Real Madrid labelled as second favourites at 11/2. Meanwhile Manchester City are the dark horses at 10/1.

Arsenal interest

The odds are little more than a reflection of reports linked Cavani with a move to the Emirates in the summer transfer window just past. Arsenal needed a striker after the injury to Olivier Giroud and Arsene Wenger was torn between Cavani and Danny Welbeck.

As any Arsenal or Manchester United fan will tell you, the Gunners boss went with the cheaper option. However, it appears Wenger may get an opportunity to get Cavani next summer.

United dropping out?

It is unlikely Louis van Gaal will make a move for Cavani, especially if Radamel Falcao's loan move from Monaco is made permanent. The new Manchester United boss, like Wenger, was also torn between two strikers and eventually opted for Falcao over Cavani.

With Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney also in the ranks, and James Wilson coming through the youth system, it is hard to see Van Gaal trying to bring Cavani to Old Trafford unless things drastically change.

Similarly, Liverpool could fall away from the challenge should Mario Balotelli realise his potential at Anfield after joining from AC MIlan.

Unhappiness in Paris

Cavani has failed to settle since joining PSG from Napoli for a reported £55 million. The player himself would put that down to Blanc's insistence on playing him on the left wing, where his goal tally has suffered drastically as a result.

Cavani scored a respectable 16 goals in Ligue 1 last season, but that was nothing compared to the 29 he scored in Serie A the season previous and certainly not what is expected of a £55 million striker.

With Financial Fair Play clamping down on PSG, they may be forced to sell Cavani in order to move forward. Any interested club may be forced to pay the full £55 million that PSG paid, but Cavani will be another year older next season, meaning the price could fall significantly.

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