Paris Saint-Germain have contacted several clubs over a possible deal for Edinson Cavani with Arsenal believed to be interested, reports The Mail.
The striker has had a torrid time in Paris since arriving from Napoli in 2013. He was expected to waltz into the first-team but has never been considered the top striker at the club. Laurent Blanc has preferred to use Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the spear in his attack, shifting Cavani to a left-wing position.
It is thought his strained relationship with both Blanc and Ibrahimovic left him considering his future after just one season at the club. PSG were not willing to take a hit on the £55 million they paid for him and he remained at Parc des Princes.
However, another season of discontent and PSG are ready to cash in on the Uruguayan, sounding out clubs over a potential £35m deal. It landed in Arsene Wenger's inbox and he is interested.
Arsenal could afford the asking price with The Telegraph reporting last month that Wenger had been handed a £50m transfer budget for the summer transfer window. That includes wages as well as transfer fees and therein lies the problem.
Cavani earns £140,000-a-week at PSG, which totals at almost £7.5m-a-year. That would leave just £8.5m for Wenger to spend on other transfer targets, leaving a possible deal for Petr Cech and Morgan Schneiderlin unviable.
Olivier Giroud has been in great form in 2015 and Danny Welbeck is still pushing him all the way for a starting spot. Cavani arrival would surely have to come at the sacrifice of one of these two current stars and it is hard to see who Wenger would sell.
Manchester United were linked with a £60m move last month with Louis van Gaal also believed to have been offered what they would now consider a bargain £35m deal. When they cut Radamel Falcao loose, and his £265,000-a-week wages, Cavani's £140,000-a-week deal won't even register on the balance sheet.
They are in a much stronger position to challenge for Cavani and have a much greater need for a new striker. If Arsenal had the funds to complete this and perhaps one other deal for Schneiderlin, it would be feasible, but despite growing financial strength, the Gunners are still way behind their Premier League rivals.
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