A few weeks ago, Le10 Sport in France started reporting that Cavani wasn't enjoying life in Paris as much as he'd hoped and was even considering leaving the club at the end of the season. It seems that a few clubs have been made aware of this and message has spread that the Uruguayan international could be on the move.
In today's edition, the French magazine believes that 3 clubs have made their interest aware to Paris Saint-Germain about a possible move for Cavani, with one of them being Arsenal.
On paper, it makes absolute sense. Arsenal are in desperate need of a world-class striker to rotate with or play alongside Olivier Giroud, and who better than Edinson Cavani? The London club showed over the summer when buying Mesut Özil that they are not afraid to spend a lot of money if the right player is available, and would definitely be willing to shell out more than €50m on a striker if they had to.
However, if a deal were to be done between PSG and Arsenal in the summer, Arsenal would still have a rather large problem on their hands before being able to sign Edinson Cavani: his wages.
Le10 Sport understand that Wenger and Arsenal have made their interest public to Cavani's entourage in a bid to try and convince him to lower his wage demands if a deal were to be struck between the two clubs, but unfortunately, it seems that Cavani wouldn't be prepared to do such a thing. With a wage packet of around €8.5m/year post tax, the player's wage demands are far superior to what Arsenal would be willing, or even able, to pay.
The problem for Arsenal is that they are not the only club after El Matador. Le10 Sport state that both Real Madrid and Barcelona are in need of another striker and both would be prepared to open discussions in the summer if the player still wanted to leave.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic being the uncontested star of the show at the moment, Cavani is struggling for game time in his favoured striker role. Being made to play on the right wing by Laurent Blanc, Cavani has, to be fair to him, been doing his job without complaining publicly, but if matters don't change by the end of the season, Paris Saint-Germain could really have a problem on their hands.
Article from Tom Coast. Tom has spent much of his life in France, speaks several languages and helps Sport Witness get real insight on stories from across French football and beyond.
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