Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani won’t be joining Arsenal or Liverpool anytime soon, as chief of the Ligue 1 giants Nasser Al-Khelaifi has insisted that the Uruguayan star has every reason to stay.
For sometime now the striker’s situation in Paris has been reported as being virtually untenable, with speculation playing heavily upon the fact that he is unhappy enough to consider seeking an exit next year. Rumours of a possible January transfer have been rife as a result, with a host of Premier League clubs said to be preparing bids.
However PSG chief Al-Khelaifi has continually denied such claims, and his latest comments stick very much to the same narrative.
"We wanted one of the best strikers in the world and we took Edinson," he said. "Everyone should realise that the PSG is his home and will remain as long as possible. Paris is a city he loves. He has every reason to remain here."
Whether or not his mega-rich president is right with his theory that Cavani, valued at a cool £55million, wants to stay will likely be a matter resolved one way or another in the New Year, though it’s almost certain that PSG will be forced to reject suitors.
It’s fair to say Arsenal are the club who are circling the situation with the most interest, particularly following the injury to Olivier Giroud. Danny Welbeck has so far proved that he has the potential to be great, but a question hangs over the idea that he will be a consistent scorer of goals anytime soon.
With Arsene Wenger keen to launch a substantial charge for the Premier League title this campaign, having thrown off the financial shackles and spent lavishly in the summer, a move for one of Europe’s top strikers in the winter transfer period can’t be ruled out, and Cavani certainly ticks that box.
Though the 27-year-old hasn’t yet produced breathtaking form at the Parc des Princes fans will be all too quick to remember the sort of performances he routinely offered whilst at Napoli, and his goal-record in Italy was up there with the very best of them.
Ultimately whether or not he moves will come down to him. Despite Al-Khelaifi’s insistence there’s been more than one source close to PSG who has confirmed that Cavani isn’t happy in France, and the fact that he’s continued to under perform even in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic is evidence of his low confidence.
When fully fit it’s Ibrahimovic who is Laurent Blanc’s preferred choice in the lone striker’s role, meaning that Cavani is forced to play out of position on the wing. Whilst during his maiden term with the club that wasn’t an overly significant problem it’s an issue which will be emphasised should it happen again upon Ibrahimovic’s return, and could well end up with Cavani leaving.