Edinson Cavani could be willing to swap Paris Saint-Germain for the Premier League, with reports suggesting that the striker is ready to hear offers from Arsenal and Liverpool when the transfer window re-opens for business in January.
This information comes courtesy of unnamed reports in Spain cited by the Daily Express, which suggest that Cavani remains unhappy at the Parc des Princes after talks with manager Laurent Blanc and would supposedly be eager to move to a reputable club in England if it meant that he could secure regular first-team football.
At the heart of Cavani's troubles appears to be a reluctance to accept a slightly lesser role under Blanc with the talismanic figure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic obviously the focal point in the final third.
In truth, the Uruguayan international has never quite managed to produce his best form in Ligue 1 since joining PSG from Serie A outfit Napoli last summer and was subject to sustained criticism prior to the international break for a series of inadequate performances that did little to suggest he can be relied upon as a quality alternative to the formidable Swede who has spent a few weeks on the sideline with a heel injury.
Rumoured to be valued at a hefty £55 million by his current employers, Cavani would represent a significant outlay for any prospective buyer and his poor recent form is hardly indicative of a man worthy of that sort of extravagant price tag.
Arsenal/Liverpool to bid?
Indeed, Arsenal's general reluctance - deals for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez aside - to submit to these sorts of inflated valuations surely renders a move to North London unlikely, although it could certainly be argued that Arsene Wenger is in need of one more striker to provide the appropriate support for summer signing Danny Welbeck following injuries to both Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo.
Provided they show quick signs of improvement following a slow start to the new campaign, Liverpool - who have won just three of their first seven Premier League games and have been without Daniel Sturridge of late due to a thigh problem sustained on international duty - could be considered more likely suitors for Cavani.
While I fully expect Brendan Rodgers to hold similar reservations about that aforementioned valuation, the Reds have looked worryingly toothless at times following the sale of Luis Suarez and while it is perhaps too early to pass judgement on the respective Anfield careers of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert, at this stage it remains to be seen if that duo are capable of even coming to close to replacing the goals lost following his departure to Barcelona.
If Sturridge's imminent return fails to bring about a rapid change in fortunes, then Cavani could become a very attractive proposition indeed.
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