Arsenal are the clear favourites with bookmakers to complete the acquisition of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani before the close of the winter transfer window during the first week of February.
Cavani has long been linked with a transfer to the Emirates Stadium and speculation of a proposed move has increased in recent weeks, resulting in the odds of a deal being slashed by bookies.
Sky Bet have placed Arsenal as 7/4 to sign Cavani prior to February 4, with Real Madrid the second favourites to recruit the Uruguayan and well back at 14/1. Long-term admirers Manchester City are 14/1 while Chelsea rank at 20/1.
Last week Arsene Wenger made mention of Cavani in his press conference following reports in France that Arsenal had made a club record bid for the centre-forward, but claimed this supposed interest to be nothing more than rumour.
"I don't give any importance to rumours,” said the Arsenal manager.
"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.”
The Arsenal link with Cavani dates back well over 12 months and has resurfaced given the player’s supposed frustration at the Parc des Princes, while PSG are required to balance to books before mounting a spending spree of their own.
It was confirmed by the Ligue 1 champions on Monday that Cavani would stay in Paris, along with Ezequiel Lavezzi, while the rest of the squad travelled to Marrakech for a winter training camp. This, naturally, has led to growing speculation.
Lavezzi, along with Cavani, has also been touted for a potential departure and it may be that both have been kept in France to speed up any proposed transfers to other European clubs.
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