Arsenal rejected the chance to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani before the transfer window closed on Tuesday evening because they were not prepared to pay £50 million for a 28-year-old.
This is according to the Mirror, who claim Arsenal made a call to PSG, enquiring about the availability of Cavani, but were put off by the French champions’ asking price.
The Gunners were acutely aware that Cavani, who turns 29 later this season, would have no substantial sell-on value if he failed to find his feet at the Emirates Stadium.
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Many fans have voiced their frustration and disbelief on social media over Arsenal’s lack of transfer activity during the summer.
According to the Independent, Arsenal were the only team in Europe’s top five leagues not to sign an outfield player before the transfer window slammed shut. Their one signing, albeit a pretty important one, was the acquisition of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.
Cavani would have been an upgrade on Giroud
Fans were hoping for a new top-class centre-forward and, after it became clear that Karim Benzema was staying put at Real Madrid, identified Cavani as a striker who could make the difference for the Gunners in both the Premier League and Champions League.
But both Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, another striker linked with Arsenal on deadline day, will stay at the Parc des Princes until January at the earliest.
While Olivier Giroud is a fine striker in his own right, the France international is arguably not prolific enough when it matters most. Theo Walcott, meanwhile, is still learning how to play as a centre-forward having spent his career up to now playing as a winger.
Arsenal fans: should Arsene Wenger have paid the £50 million for Edinson Cavani on Tuesday? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!