Edinson Cavani has been linked with a potential move this summer to a few different English clubs, particularly Arsenal. According to The Mirror the Paris St Germain striker could be available for the Gunners at a mere £22m.
Manager Laurent Blanc prefers 34-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic as his main striker and Cavani has grudgingly had to play second fiddle. The forward had great success at Napoli for three seasons but since joining the French titans he has failed to recreate the same buzz that brought him to the club. Cavani only has eight league goals for PSG this season so do Arsenal really need him?
Arsenal already have Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud successfully leading their attack. Both currently have amassed 13 league goals a piece and Arsenal look set to once again be playing in the Champions League next season.
With players like Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott finding it difficult to get time in the strikers role then surely Cavani would struggle also. If Cavani wants regular football then he’d have to challenge either Sanchez or Giroud and with both on manager Arsene Wenger’s good list this season it seems that Cavani would have the same problem in North London as he does in Paris.
Arsenal don’t particularly need the Uruguayan but a team like Manchester United perhaps could use him as once Radamel Falcao’s year long loan deal is up then the Red Devils will have only Wayne Rooney as their out and out striker. Robin van Persie, who has netted 10 league goals this season, may not be at Old Trafford come September and even if he does stay he isn’t sharp enough to rely on.
Other big clubs such as Liverpool, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are said to be willing to help Cavani find a way out of PSG so the Uruguayan is not lacking in options. Liverpool in particular would be a good fit as they failed to replace Luis Suarez last summer and have missed his goals. Cavani is blessed with being strong, quick and good in the air not to mention the obvious requirement of having a keen eye for goal which are all qualities that the Reds will need if they want to challenge for the title next season.
Choosing Arsenal, where he’ll surely have to fight for a starting place, is not the right move if he wants to take his career in the right direction. The competition is too fierce and there’s every chance that he’ll just end up playing a bit role.
Cavani is a talented and at times prolific forward who has experience for both club and country and it’d be exciting to see what impact he would have on the Premier League. If he can regain his form from his Napoli days then the big English clubs will keep calling for him but at this time Arsenal shouldn’t be one of them.