Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal target Edinson Cavani has been described as a “major problem” at Paris Saint-Germain, by French journalist Pierre Menes.
In quotes used by French publication Le 10 Sport the Uruguayan’s situation at the Parc des Princes is said to have deteriorated further, with Menes claiming that he’s struggling to even hit a ball now. Cavani moved to PSG from Napoli last summer in a big-money switch, but has failed to hit the heights expected of him.
Since his early struggles in France the striker has been linked with a surprise switch to the Premier League in the form of United, and Louis van Gaal’s revamp of his squad has done little to quell speculation.
The acquisitions of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria have proven that the Red Devils are still a force to be reckoned with in the transfer market, and though at the moment they have a multitude of options up front, next summer the situation could be different.
Furthermore, the feasibility of any transfer taking place is boosted by the fact that Cavani appears to be unsettled in Ligue 1, with reports suggesting he is at odds with being persistently being played out of position by Laurent Blanc. According to Menes things have gone from bad to worse, and the once-formidable frontman is losing his midas touch.
“There is still a major problem with Cavani. Before, he missed opportunities, and now he can not even hit the ball,” Menes critiqued.
Yet, whilst his form may be some way off what it was during his peak season in Naples, there are clearly many clubs that have confidence that he can be restored to his brilliant best. Along with United both Chelsea and Arsenal are said to harbour an interest in capturing him, despite his £55million valuation.
On the face of it a big bid coming from Stamford Bridge makes little sense, particularly as Jose Mourinho has both Diego Costa and Loic Remy at his disposal, although things could be different should the latter fail to impress during his maiden season.
As such it’s far more likely it will be a two-horse race between Arsenal and United, with Arsene Wenger expected to try to add more firepower to his line-up at the next available opportunity. The signing of Danny Welbeck appears to have given the French coach an option which will continue to improve in the future, but the Gunners are still lacking a cutting instinct for the here and now.
According to recent reports Wenger has revealed that he has no intentions of signing Cavani in the near future, but if Arsenal fail to win major silverware his hand may be forced by expectancy.