Reports have claimed that Arsenal’s wait to sign Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan forward, may soon be over as Paris Saint Germain (PSG) has moved a step closer to snapping up Angel Di Maria from UEFA Champions League winners, Real Madrid of Spain.
Real Madrid is thought to want cash from Angel Di Maria, whose valuation is put at £50m, to subsidize their almost £100m spent on the signings of Colombian James Rodriguez, Germany World Cup star, Toni Kroos and Costa Rica goal keeper, Keylor Navas.
PSG, on the other hand, are willing to let Cavani go in order to balance their books, but the deal depends on whether they can sign Di Maria, and now reports suggest that the transfer is close.
PSG is said to want Di Maria operating on the wings to assist main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the club’s strike force.
However, Edison Cavani is believed to be frustrated at playing second fiddle to Ibrahimovic, who takes all the shine, undermining the Uruguayan’s abilities. He’s mostly been deployed in the wings and he prefers being the centre forward.
On the sidelines watching and waiting to take advantage of this Di Maria’s possible switch to PSG, is Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, whose interest in Edison Cavani was revealed last week, with the French manger reported to have bid £51m for the Uruguayan and French Champions’ attacker.
RTL, a media outfit has claimed that the French club have resurrected talks with the Argentinean Madrid star and are now hopeful of doing business- freeing up Cavani to move to Arsenal.
For Arsenal, this Wenger’s reported £51m bid would also represent the highest sum ever paid from the coffers of Arsenal for a player’s transfer.
This is coming, despite the manager saying in July that no more attackers would be brought in this summer, though almost contradicting is the fact that Wenger said on Friday that he is not afraid to keep on spending money this summer.
However, the manager after the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the opening day fixtures at the Emirates said: ‘Upfront, we have plenty of candidates. Joel Campbell has joined us again, plus the new signings, while Walcott is coming back at the end of the month. So, if you look at the number of players we have upfront, we have unbelievable strength’.
Although this kind of statement from Arsene Wenger puts a shadow of doubt on the Cavani-bid story, the frequency and consistency of the report in the speculation, rumour and gossip pages of tabloids, websites and blogs, makes the possibility of Cavani joining Arsenal hope-worthy.
Cavani, who was also reported to be a target for Arsenal’s English Premier League rivals, Manchester United and Liverpool, is said to have held talks with Arsenal and Liverpool, according to his agent, Claudia Annelluci, who told South American newspaper El Telegrapho.
Cavani, 27, who enjoyed a fantastic personal success at Napoli and Palermo in the Italian Serie A, joined PSG in July, 2013 on a five year contract worth about £53m, making him the record signing in French football breaking Radamel Falcao’s £50m transfer to Monaco.
Cavani, who has forever been linked to Chelsea, is no doubt is the kind of attacker that intimidates defenders and adds enormously to the success of a team.
However, many fans, though hopeful of this, have expressed this reported bid of £51m as a misplacement of priorities by Arsene Wenger if the news is anything to go by.
This group of fans believe that reinforcements in the defence and defensive midfield positions are of more immediate need now rather than the forward line that already has Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Yaya Sanogo.