Recent reports suggest that Edinson Cavani will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.
Speculation surrounding Cavani’s future at the Parc des Princes continues to rise as the Uruguayan missed PSG’s trip to Marrakesh as part of the team’s winter training programme. If the striker does become available in the summer, it is believed that a bid of around £62 million will be enough to convince the French club to sell.
Arsenal are currently deemed favourites to land the 27-year-old, who has scored 23 goals in 45 games for the French champions. If Arsene Wenger managed to seal a deal for Cavani, it will be Arsenal’s third major signing in as many summer windows, after the capture of Mesut Ozil and former Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez.
There is no doubting Cavani’s ability, during his time at Napoli, he attracted interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs and eventually earned a move to the financial powerhouse that is PSG. Although it has been well reported that Arsenal hold a firm interest in the striker, they will have to beat off competition from a host of clubs in the Premier League and across the rest of Europe.
The striker seems like the perfect fit for Arsene Wenger’s team – he has excellent finishing abilities and can score a lot of headed goals, something Arsenal have added to their game since the arrival of Olivier Giroud. Cavani is also versatile, he has played on the flanks a number of times in France in order to accommodate the irrepressible talent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Wenger has not played two up front for a long time now and Cavani’s ability to play out wide will be certainly a bonus for the French manager.
This does not mean that this will be his starting position when he plays for Arsenal, however. The Uruguayan should expect to be starting every game up front if he joins the north-London side. An advanced attacking duo of Alexis Sanchez and Edinson Cavani will have Arsenal fans drooling. Although Olivier Giroud has been in impressive form this season, acquiring Cavani would put the Gunners on a whole new attacking level. Another advantage would be competition for places, as Arsenal would have Cavani, Giroud and Welbeck competing to start in the centre-forward role. A potential deal makes complete sense – after all, they’ve been crying out for a striker to replace Thierry Henry for years.
Although the prospect of signing Cavani is an exciting one for Arsenal fans, it is equally important that they sort out their current weaknesses in the January transfer window. They ideally need another centre back and most importantly, a defensive midfielder. Arsenal have looked weak defensively at points this season and strengthening the team will only increase the prospect of Cavani joining the club in the summer transfer window.
Wenger has often been criticised for not splashing the cash on world-class performers in previous seasons but his recent expensive captures suggest that the Frenchman has realised he needs to spend big in order to compete. It may be early days yet but Arsenal fans should be excited about a potential deal for one of the best forwards in the world.