Arsenal take lead in Cavani chase

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According to reports in France originating from le10Sport, Arsenal have expressed an interest in signing Edinson Cavani. The report says Arsenal have stolen a march on other suitors, and have been the first club to make their interest known to the French club.

Cavani only joined Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, but as he stands in the shadows of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it seems the forward is itching to move once again. There is no direct quote coming from the player himself on his happiness at the club, but le10Sport have repeatedly reported he may be looking to leave over the last month.

The report does go on to say that Edinson Cavani’s wage demands could be out of reach for Arsenal, especially with Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid linked. The summer coup of Mesut Ozil though has shown that the Gunners are willing to stretch their strict wage policy in order to attract the best talent. Cavani earns approximately £135,000 per-week, after tax in Paris. If he was available, it would certainly make all the big clubs in Europe take notice.

The 26-year-old forward is moving into the prime of his career, and has scored an impressive nine goals in as many starts this season for his new club. Prolific and athletic, Cavani netted a stunning 29 goals in 34 appearances last season for Napoli and notched up four assists.

Cavani would be more of a goalscorer than creator, and so would offer an alternative to Giroud. The duo could possibly play together, with Cavani also able to play on the wing. Whilst it would be hard to take Giroud out of the Arsenal line-up, the opportunity to sign such a quality player would be too good to turn down. Arsenal appear to be a couple of top quality players away from a really stunning squad, adding a player of Cavani’s calibre is what they need, and clearly what Arsene Wenger wants. The Frenchman tabled bids for Cavani’s national teammate Luis Suarez in the summer, and it is clear the Arsenal manager wants to add another big name to his attack.

Do you think Arsene Wenger could successfully pull off a move for Cavani? Would you pay the £45million+ that would be demanded for the Uruguayan? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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