Two months until the end of the season, so the inevitable reports linking Arsenal to anyone and everyone are again rearing their head.
With Arsenal set to get rid of Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, and maybe even Theo Walcott in the summer we are going to be linked with a number of strikers over the coming months.
One of those will undoubtedly be Edinson Cavani, who never fails to be linked with a transfer to London each window.
Fact is, it just wouldn’t be a good deal for the Gunners.
Cavan’s agent has confessed that he wouldn’t be against a move to England, which is sure to alert Chelsea and Manchester United, while Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City will also surely be rumoured to be interested.
“For the moment, it seems too early to make any such considerations. Edi is under contract with PSG and discussions of this kind are linked to different situations,” said Claudio Anelluci, who represents the Uruguayan.
Anelluci was speaking to Radio Olympia, and went on to hint at a move.
“Once the situation has been clarified, different scenarios could open up given that players such as him, at the height of their maturity, are coveted by the best teams in Europe.
“The markets of interest are Spain and England, and that currently excludes an Italian club being able to take part in going for Cavani.”
Cavani has managed just eight goals in 27 Ligue 1 appearances this season. His overall record at PSG is OK, with the Uruguayan scoring 43 goals in 82 appearances.
That said, you’d have expected a lot more from a man who is playing for by far the best team in a less -than-elite league. Cavani cost the French champions €64.5 million back in 2013, but hasn’t performed anywhere near the level of the price tag.
Already under strict scrutiny from UEFA’s Financial FairPlay, PSG would be looking for a hefty return.
Cavani netted 104 goals in 138 games as he rose to footballing prominence during his time at Napoli, but doesn’t look likely to recapture that form.
At 28 years of age the striker time is running out.
Olivier Giroud is only five months older and, as well as showing more pedigree over the past year, still looks to be getting better.
Arsenal also have Danny Welbeck and – if needs be – Alexis Sánchez as options up front, and both players are more content with roles out wide than the PSG man.
“The only concern that I have ever spoken about is that I was recruited to play as a striker with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and it has not always been the case,” Cavani told Canal+.
“In France, people judge me as a lone striker, but I do not play in that position.”
It is unlikely Wenger would sacrifice a midfielder to play Cavani alongside another forward.
Reports vary but the general consensus suggests Cavani currently earns a net salary close to an eye-watering £140,000 per week before bonuses, and PSG would also command a huge fee.
Edinson Cavani’s career already hit it’s peak in 2013. Arsenal already have better options at their disposal – he simply isn’t needed.