Arsene Wenger is considering a bid to sign both PSG's Edinson Cavani and Palermo's Paulo Dybala but can only afford to chase one in the January transfer window, reports The Express.
The Gunners have been continuously linked with the two strikers ahead on the transfer window reopening in the new year. However, financial fair play restrictions will limit Wenger to choosing one over the other.
Cavani could cost as much as £50 million to sign from the Ligue 1 club, but Wenger knows the Uruguayan is keen to leave PSG and is hoping to take advantage of the situation. The 27-year-old is continually being played out of position with Laurent Blanc favouring Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the striker role.
Dybala is significantly younger than Cavani at 21-years-old but has yet to prove himself in the upper echelons of the game. That has not stopped pundits likening him to Sergio Aguero and Palermo subsequently slapping a £31 million price tag on his head.
However, a move to the Premier League seems inevitable for Dybala as both Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked with a move in recent weeks. Should Wenger choose to pursue Cavani, it would give their Premier League rivals a chance to swoop on this prodigious talent.
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No way is this happening
Having now reported on this transfer story from The Express, it is worth noting that neither of these transfer deals are likely to happen in the January transfer window. Not only has Wenger religiously kept his pennies in his pocket in this midway market, but if he does sign someone it won't be striker.
In fact Arsenal have already been criticised for being weighted towards the attacking side of the game with their defence taking a battering from the likes of Stoke City and Anderlecht in recent weeks.
Laurent Koscielny's injury problems has seen Nacho Monreal moved to centre-back with disastrous consequences while Mathieu Flamini's lack of presence leaves Arsenal vulnerable to the counterattack.
While a move for either Cavani or Dybala would make headlines, it would be a significant waste of limited funds at the Emirates Stadium. Not to mention it would leave Danny Welbeck and/or Olivier Giroud bemused. And won't someone please think about Yaya Sanogo?