Premier League clubs interested in landing Edinson Cavani, including Arsenal and Manchester United, will have been boosted by rumours in France that he is still unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain.
Over the course of the summer the Uruguayan forward was continuously linked with a big-money move to England, and it was speculated that he had become disillusioned with life at the Parc des Princes. If French newspaper Le 10 Sport is to be believed then his situation hasn’t improved any and, despite the injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic meaning he can occupy his favoured striker role, he is still out of sorts.
Le 10 cite a PSG insider who has apparently stated that Cavani is “sad”, therefore fuelling the rumours that persist in claiming he is being primed for a January move away. His suitors are all waiting with baited breath to see if he is indeed available, although it could take as much as £55million to convince his club to negotiate.
The same report says that the forward didn’t look comfortable leading the line against Barcelona last night, even though he was in the central role he has been craving since his arrival from Napoli in the summer of 2013.
One aspect that could factor into PSG’s ultimate decision over the player’s future is of course the Financial Fair Play rules, which have already had an effect on the club’s transfer dealings. The Ligue 1 giants campaigned to land Angel Di Maria during the summer transfer window, only to resolve that he would cost too much due to the sanctions in place for their previous breaches.
In short the legislation means that PSG will have to raise money through the purchase of their current players if they intend on buying in global superstars, rather than falling back on the money of mega-rich owner Nasser Al Khelaifi. With Cavani sitting as perhaps their most expensive asset he’s the one they could look to in order to raise funds for forages into the transfer market of their own, particularly if he’s disgruntled.
United or Arsenal?
If PSG do decide enough is enough then Cavani’s next home will likely be on English shores, though it remains unclear whether United or Arsenal will be the benefactors. With Louis van Gaal having spent lavishly to bolster his squad with the arrivals of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria it would be strange to see the Red Devils actively pursuing a deal, though Arsenal could certainly do with more firepower.