Arsenal favourites to sign £55m Manchester United target

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Arsenal are favourites to sign Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani this January - with the bookmakers at least.

SkyBet have the current Premier League leaders ahead at 5/1 in the race to land the Paris Saint-Germain frontman during the current transfer window, with title rivals Chelsea next at 10/1.

Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City are third in line at 16/1, next are Real Madrid at 28/1 with Napoli - Cavani's former club - and Tottenham both priced evenly at 33/1.

Manchester United's absence from the list of favourites is somewhat peculiar, given that they have been strongly linked with a move for the 26-year-old in recent days.

Indeed, reports over the weekend suggested that the Premier League champions - who will surely be on the lookout for several new recruits before February - were eyeing a potentially sensational swoop for the unsettled marksman.

Those same reports claim that any deal for Cavani - who only moved to Ligue 1 from Serie A during the summer - is likely to cost Manchester United at least £55 million.

Whether Arsenal would be willing to pay such an extravagant price to sign Cavani themselves must surely be considered unlikely, however. 

With formidable Frenchman Olivier Giroud having firmly established a reputation as Arsene Wenger's first-choice striker, it seems more plausible that the Arsenal boss would be seeking to provide adequate cover for his compatriot - rather than a costly direct replacement.

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