Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has acknowledged a recent rumour linking the Gunners with a £62 million move for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani.
The Frenchman was talking about the future of striker Lukas Podolski when he mentioned the Cavani story as a reason why people should take newspaper transfer rumours with a pinch of salt.
“I don't give any importance to rumours,” Wenger told journalists. “There was a rumour two days ago in France that I offered £62 million for Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain. Everyday there is a different rumour so I don't give importance to that.”
Wenger admits Podolski is unhappy
On Podolski, Wenger hinted that the Germany international is unhappy with his peripheral role at the Emirates Stadium, but admitted that the 29-year-old has good reason to feel a little disappointed with how things are going this season.
“In every big club you have some players who don't play and they are not happy,” Wenger added. “If you find players who are happy when they don't play you have a problem.
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“He [Podolski] will play. Rosicky had an outstanding game today and he didn't play for a long time. Our job is always to be ready when you play.”
Rumours linking Podolski with a move away from Arsenal refuse to cease, as do rumours linking Manchester United target Cavani to the Gunners.
It was reported this week that PSG have given Arsenal the green light to sign the Uruguay international in January, but Wenger is keeping his cards close to his chest on the subject for the time being.