Arsenal step up efforts to sign Edinson Cavani

Cavani has been far from his best this season, which means PSG may be ready to cash in (©GettyImages)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sanctioned a January bid for Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani, with work now underway to persuade the striker his long-term future lies in the Premier League.

That is according to the Express, who believe that Cavani is still far from happy with life in the French capital and Arsenal are ready to react by asking PSG for formal talks over a blockbuster deal when the transfer window reopens.

Barely a week has gone by over the last 18 months without Cavani being linked with Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and the Gunners thanks to frustration over a wide role at PSG, but it looks like Arsenal are finally ready to turn that speculation into concrete talks.

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Cavani's start to the season has been underwhelming

Arsenal are thought to believe PSG may revise their lofty £55m valuation of Cavani because of a fairly disappointing start to the season, which has been thrown under the spotlight due to the injury problems of Laurent Blanc's talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic has been forced to spend the last three weeks on the sidelines, giving Cavani the perfect chance to prove his worth as a number nine that PSG can rely on in the super Swede's absence.

Both Cavani and PSG's form in Ligue 1 has been pretty average to the least though, with no goals in his last four games putting both the Uruguay forward and Blanc's positions under big pressure.

Would Arsenal break their transfer record for Cavani?

Wenger is on record as stating he's a huge admirer of Cavani, a player he feels is currently playing with the "hand brake on"  in a stark contract to his days as a feared predator with Napoli.

The question remains though, if PSG won't budge on their £55m asking price for a genuine world-class striker will Arsenal break their transfer record to force a stunning mid-season deal through, particularly after signing Danny Welbeck in the summer?

Man United's interest in Cavani has effectively been ended by their move to sign Radamel Falcao, while Liverpool brought in Mario Balotelli in August after deeming a deal for Cavani too expensive.

That leaves the path clear for Arsenal to finally sign the kind of proven predator Gunners fans have craved for years, with Wenger instructing transfer chiefs in North London to strike while the iron is hot.

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