Arsenal will have the greatest chance yet to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, as it’s been claimed the French champions are willing to sell him at a cut-price fee.
According to French newspaper Le 10 Sport PSG are of the mindset that they have waited long enough for the Uruguayan striker to find his best form, and they know that his price tag is likely to drop the longer he continues to falter in Ligue 1.
Cavani at PSG
Since signing on at the Parc des Princes from Napoli Cavani has looked a shadow of the forward who plundered opponents on a regular basis, and the dominance Zlatan Ibrahimovic has held over his favoured role as the figurehead of the attack has seen him pushed out of position.
Yet the 27-year-old still has plenty of suitors, many of them based in England, and it’s said that PSG are willing to lower their asking price if it means they can shift him. Though it will still take a rumoured €50 million to prise him away from his current base it’s a drop on the €63 million they paid for him, and considerably less than the £62 million Arsene Wenger was said to have offered Laurent Blanc for him in recent weeks.
Over the course of the past few months both Chelsea and Manchester United have also been persistently linked with Cavani, though neither are as in such dire need of a prolific frontman as Arsenal are.
The injury earlier this season to Olivier Giroud highlighted a worrying lack of goalscorers at the Emirates Stadium and though Danny Welbeck has impressed in spells he isn’t the type of player to promise the sort of haul needed for the team to challenge for the Premier League title.
Decision to come
In this respect Cavani could see Arsenal as the ideal way out, given that he’s searching for more game-time in a position that promises him the opportunity to do what he does best; score goals.
He’s a more expensive option than some others, but if Wenger is serious about bringing his side up to speed with the likes of Chelsea and United he will have to be more free spending than he would usually like.