Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool's £50million pursuit of Edinson Cavani took a new twist after he decided to comment on speculation linking him with a transfer to the Premier League in the near future.
Louis van Gaal, Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have all decided they would like the Uruguay international in their respective squads and, according to the Daily Express, are prepared to splash out the £50million estimated to purchase him from Paris Saint-Germain.
Various reports in the lead up to the opening of the transfer window come January 1 have hard all three of the clubs from Old Trafford, Emirates Stadium and Anfield leading the chase at one point or another.
However, the Premier League trio may now not be so confident of pushing through any deal as soon as January, because Cavani has decided to go public with his view on the reported interest. Helpfully, the response he provided was cryptic and noncommittal.
"PSG is a club with a huge sporting project." was his response to questions over the transfer speculation.
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"They spent so much money to bring me from Napoli. I will give my all and do everything that is required of me."
Cavani provides a lot of truth in those words; PSG being a big sporting project is true, as is that the Ligue 1 champions spent a fortune to bring him to the Parc des Princes. The rest are the normal kind of platitudes you will hear a player say when asked about being happy at the club.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool may be initially disappointed in hearing the 27-year-old vow to be committed to the cause, but there is some hope for them in his words. Saying he will work hard and do as he's told is not exactly a tacit denial of wanting a transfer.
His time at PSG has been hallmarked by an ongoing failure to dislodge Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the first choice centre-forward. Cavani is more than capable of being effective out wide, but his willingness to do it all the time has been questioned before.
Who Needs Him?
Another thing to consider is whether Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool even have any need for Cavani at this moment in time.
The Gunners spent £35million on Alexis Sanchez and £16million on Danny Welbeck in the summer to bolster their attacking ranks, so splashing out a whopping £50million on Cavani seems unlikely. Unless they sell a couple of the current crop, of course.
"Liverpool have been desperate for some extra firepower since Cavani's international teammate, Luis Suarez move to Barcelona"
Manchester United are not afraid to spend but, again, Louis van Gaal as an abundance of attacking talent with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao being supplied by £60million summer arrival Angel di Maria.
Meanehile, Liverpool have been desperate for some extra firepower since Cavani's international teammate, Luis Suarez move to Barcelona. However, the Reds are struggling at the moment and the Anfield owners may be reluctant to allow Brendan Rodgers to spend such a large sum with so much uncertainty around.