By ’Tayo Amosu
Arsenal’s move for Edinson Cavani, the Uruguayan forward may not see the light of the day as reports say that Angel Di Maria is on his way to Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United, contrary to wide speculation of the Argentinean’s switch to Paris Saint Germain.
Earlier reports claimed that Arsenal’s wait to sign Cavani 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.
However, Real Coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Di Maria said goodbye to his team-mates ahead of an impending move.
Manchester United instead of Paris Saint Germain is said to be now leading the chase with a submitted bid of £75m as against the £50m PSG were willing to pay for the player’s transfer.
Di Maria’s move is reportedly linked to Arsenal by virtue of the news that Wenger has submitted a £51m bid to PSG for Edinson Cavani, who is believed to be frustrated at playing second fiddle to Ibrahimovic, which the French Champions are willing to utilize in buying the Real Madrid player.
If news of the Manchester United switch for the Argentinean is true, then Arsenal’s wish of having another striker this summer may have been dashed.
The billionaire-owned club must sell a player in this case Edinson Cavani, to fund Di Maria’s move because of the impending penalty that the UEFA Financial Fair Play (FFP) rule portends.
The ability of PSG to sign Angel Di Maria without a corresponding player sale has been weakened by the recent hammer imposed by UEFA in form of the Financial Fair Play rule.
Recently, PSG and Manchester City, bankrolled by Middle East Investors, appeared to have broken UEFA’s FFP regulations and were thought to be on the brink of being punished as a result.
Therefore selling Cavani to fund Di Maria is expedient to balance the Paris-based club’s books.
Real Madrid, the selling club, however, is thought to want cash from Angel Di Maria, whose initial 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.
However, depending on personal terms and the preference of the player, the pendulum may swing Manchester United’s way as £75m is closer to £100m than £50m. Therefore, Madrid may likely accept Manchester United’s bid over Paris Saint Germain’s and this would mean Cavani’s switch to the Emirates is off.
Though Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger said recently that no more strikers would be signed and announced a Gunner this term, the availability of Cavani, through his reported frustration at the club and the need for his employers to cash-in on him to fund their desired interest in Angel Di Maria may have made Wenger want the Uruguayan.
But with this news of Di Maria to Manchester United, Wenger’s attention may shift from Cavani to maybe Marco Reus, if his desire to have another attacker better than the misfiring Olivier Giroud truly exists and strong enough.