Edinson Cavani

Hot off the press this morning, The Express have claimed Arsenal are the ‘first to respond’ to Edinson Cavani’s January exit wish at PSG.

The Uruguay international only joined the Ligue 1 outfit in the summer, for a £53million fee, after netting 104 goals in 138 appearances throughout three campaigns with Napoli.

But the 26 year-old is still yet to effectively escape Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s almighty shadow.

The iconic Swede has featured in all of PSG’s 18 games this season, netting 17 times in the process, whilst his strike-partner has often been left on the bench, despite a goal return of 12 in 17 appearances.

Cavani is already testing the waters regarding his options in January, with the view to switch to another European top flight.

Not that the French champions will want to let their record signing leave – with Ibra now 32 years of age, they need a long-term replacement of similar quality.

Having spent just six months in Paris, the sum it would take to prize Cavani away from his club remains impossible to estimate.

But before transfer fees are discussed, the Uruguay international’s wages could prove to be the real stumbling block. He currently makes £7million a year after tax, which is most likely out of the Gunners’ financial reach.

They’ll also have to stave off competition from La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, who were both linked in the summer and will be expected to go back in for the 6 foot striker if he becomes available in January.