Arsenal are reportedly closing in on Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, with the French club willing to accept an offer for him, according to reports in the Express.
The Uruguayan striker has been linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions after playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for most part of the season.
The report states that the Gunners have offered £50 million for Cavani and PSG are all set to accept the offer. Laurent Blanc has accepted that Cavani will leave the Parc des Princes in the near future and by accepting the sizeable fee, they will finally be free from the constraints of Financial Fair Play and able heavily invest in his team.
It further states that the move would also make sense considering the recent reports that Lukas Podolski will be sold or loaned out in January. Wenger was questioned about the Cavani rumours after the club’s 2-1 win over QPR, but the boss insisted that he doesn’t read anything into the media reports. He said:
I don’t give any importance to rumours.
There was a rumour two days ago in France that I offered £62 million for Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain.
Everyday there is a different rumour so I don’t give importance to that.
On Podolski, the boss admitted that it’s quite natural for some players to feel disappointed when not playing regularly. He added:
In every big club you have some players who don’t play and they are not happy.
If you find players who are happy when they don’t play you have a problem.
The Uruguayan is one of the most complete strikers available on the market and will definitely fit into this Arsenal side perfectly. He will just add that extra bit of quality to the squad and will bring in that cutting edge to the attack that we are currently lacking at the moment.
However the move doesn’t make much of a sense for Arsenal, as the Gunners do not necessarily need a striker at the moment, with the main concern being centered on acquiring a defensive midfielder and a centre-back in January.
There is no doubt that he is one of the best but looking at the resources we currently have in attack is there a necessity to spend £50 million, I don’t think so. If we go by some previous reports then we will have about £30 million to spend in January, so there is simply no chance that we will buy him January.
It might be a dream come true to have him at the Emirates, but I just don’t think it will happen any time soon. We need some defenders, so I would be happy to see them come in January rather than Cavani.
Do we need Cavani?