Arsenal have been given a significant boost in the battle to sign Edinson Cavani after Laurent Blanc reportedly decided to cash in on the striker, says The Express.
Cavani has struggled to settle at the Ligue 1 outfit since completing a £55 million move from Napoli in the summer of 2013. Since that famous arrival at Parc des Princes, the Uruguayan has played second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
PSG boss Blanc has opted to use Cavani on the wings, much to the frustration of the player himself. It has resulted in a strained relationship between the pair and it appears that tension has now cracked.
According to the same report, Blanc recently suggested he would have to make some ruthless decision in order to meet the heavy demands of PSG's well-off owners. Some media outlets took that to mean that Cavani would finally go in the January transfer window.
PSG are believed to want as much as £50 million for Cavani despite the fact his strike rate has dissipated since he made the move to the French capital. Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool have all been linked with an interest but Arsene Wenger is believed to be most keen.
That is despite the fact that Wenger currently has Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck to choose from up front. Cavani is clearly a step above both of those, but Arsenal have limited funds to spend and other areas of the squad that need addressing before a world-class striker can be brought in.
Meanwhile Manchester United look best placed to pay the full asking price as Louis van Gaal seems to have a limitless supply of cash coming from Old Trafford. He will also have to start thinking about replacing Robin van Persie in the near future.
Finally, Liverpool seem set on the idea of signing a new striker after Mario Balotelli has failed to impress Brendan Rodgers since his controversial arrival at Anfield in the summer. However, having spent over £100 million in the summer, it is not clear as to whether they could afford such an outlay.