Arsenal identify Mario Mandzukic as Edinson Cavani alternative

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Arsenal have decided to pull out of the race to sign Edinson Cavani and will instead focus their attention on trying to sign Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid according to reports.

Cavani is said to be unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain, and could well be on the move in the summer.


Both Manchester United and Arsenal have been linked with the Uruguayan, however PSG's asking price of over £60 million appears to have put the Gunners off. Instead they will set their sights elsewhere to bolster their forward line, with the Express saying that Mandzukic is the man for the job.

The Croatian international joined Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich at the start of the season. He has settled into life at the Vicente Calderon well so far and has six goals in 14 starts, but the return home of fan favourite Fernando Torres could have an impact on his future.


Arsenal already have Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud to lead the line, while Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez can play up front if called upon. However Arsene Wenger is believed to be keen on adding a new forward to his squad to improve their chances of silverware going into the second half of the season.

Arsenal let Lukas Podolski join Inter Milan this week and rumours persist that Joel Campbell could go out on loan too, and with doubts about Yaya Sanogo, Wenger could certainly do with more options in attack.


Whether Manchester United will press ahead with their attempts to sign Edinson Cavani remains unclear. It will likely hinge on whether they opt to keep Radamel Falcao at the end of his loan spell in the summer.

The Colombian hasn't exactly impressed at Old Trafford following his loan move in the summer, and the Red Devils will have to fork out around £43 million plus £265,000-per-week to make the move permanent. They may ultimately decide to spend a little more money and grab Cavani from Paris instead.

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