Edinson Cavani’s agent Claudio Anelluci has confirmed that Arsenal and another Premier league have made an enquiry for the Uruguay and PSG striker. Speaking about this, he said this:
“I can confirm that Cavani heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal.
“[Cavani] Already said he would love to play in England, but has not yet made a final decision.
“He is not interested in money and fame; just want to be happy playing football.”
This particular turn of event could just be another agent talk posturing about his client. However, Edinson Cavani has been the subject of several links to some of Europe’s big clubs. And this particular link does not come as a surprise.
The 27 year old Uruguayan striker moved from Napoli for a fee of £55 million last summer for his first season in France Ligue 1, he was unsettled last season, with his role restricted to the wings with Zlatan Ibrahimovic influence in the team as the main striker. He however finished with a creditable 21 goals in all competitions for PSG.
Arsene Wenger has insisted that he would not be bringing in another striker intimating that Joel Campbell’s return from loan and Alexis Sanchez signing has put paid to the possibility of any signing in the attack. With PSG being hampered with the restrictions of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play, the Paris club is finding it difficult to bring in new players so as not to breach any FFP rules; as a result they could be unwilling to sell the Uruguay striker.
Already, they are looking to reduce their squad in other to cut down on their wages and squad number which has led to Ezekiel Lavezzi being linked away from the club.
Although, it is well known that Arsenal needs a striker, yet the Edinson Cavani of Napoli is remarkably different from the version that plies it trade in Paris. He has so far struggled to adapt to PSG’s pattern, often finding himself in the shadows of Zlatan Ibrahimovic who the club is essentially built around. Some players from the Americas sometimes struggle in an environment that is different from theirs culturally. Although, he has spent just one season in Paris, some of his misses in front of goal would have been certain goals in his time at Napoli. Despite this, he still scored 20 goals in 38 league and Champion League appearances last season which marks a good return for a player in his first season in Paris.
One question though, he went to PSG for 55 million pounds last summer, what will be his current price after one year? That price would not have appreciated much going by his disappointing World Cup. But with Arsenal having spent much of it budget on Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and David Ospina, it looks very unlikely that there would be much left to sign the Uruguayan which ties this to the unrealistic scale.