Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is a player he has huge admiration for, but feels he's playing with the handbrake on in the French capital thanks to the presence of a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Cavani has scored consistently ever since making a £55m switch to the Parc des Princes last summer, including three goals in five games already this term. It's not all been plain sailing for the Uruguay hitman though, regularly forced to play in an unfamiliar wide role so Ibrahimovic can have star billing in the centre.
Will these compliments translate to a concrete offer
Wenger reportedly failed with a £50m bid for the feared forward this summer but did little to dampen speculation over a January bid during an appearance on French television last weekend.
The Gunners boss waxed lyrical about Cavani to TF1 in an interview relayed by French publication Foot Sur 7, sharing: "I really like the player, I love his mind, but I find it a little playing with the handbrake to Paris.
"So we always said it will come, certainly, but it does not feel like he completely flourishes (at PSG). I hope it will come.
"At the same time, Ibrahimovic has taken such a place in PSG at all levels that there is little room for an attacker around him."
PSG still have an expensive puzzle to solve
It remains a problem for PSG boss Laurent Blanc, how does he get the best out of both Ibrahimovic and Cavani without compromising the whole shape of his team to play both centrally.
Blanc has so far kept the situation under control and both men scoring with alarming regularity, but speculation has never truly stopped over the last six months that Cavani would like to move and get top billing elsewhere if the price was right.
Manchester United and Arsenal have both been consistently mentioned in connection with the 27-year-old and Wenger's admiration for the star should come as little surprise, particularly after his opening goal in last night's 1-1 draw with Lyon.
Arsenal have the cash reserves to compete for any of the best players in the world if they become available, although after spending £16m on Danny Welbeck it remains to be seen if the Gunners would be willing to sign another striker in January.
Cavani is without question a predator in the penalty area that would set the Premier League alight if given the chance, the type of dream signing Arsenal fans crave to make them genuine contenders in every competition they enter.
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