According to various reports, Arsenal are lining up Edinson Cavani as a marquee signing this summer.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with Karim Benzema but now seem to have accepted that the French striker won’t be leaving Real Madrid before the window shuts. Madrid drew their first game of the season without Benzema, failing to create very much before ending the game without a goal. He took to Twitter to brush off rumours on Monday, before Arsène Wenger himself called the deal “dead”.
Now reports are linking the Gunners with a move for PSG striker Edison Cavani instead. The Uruguayan cost the French club €64.5M back in 2013 but has disappointed, netting 57 goals in 99 appearances in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimović.
The striker has frequently complained about being used out wide since his switch to the French capital but has no excuse not to recapture his goalscoring form now. Three starts have seen Cavani play the full 90 minutes of each league game this season as the main striker, yet he has still failed to score.
At 28 years of age he should be at his peak but is showing no signs of recapturing the Napoli form that catapulted him to glory. Certainly a more explosive striker than the Gunners have right now, Cavani is a huge physical specimen, but he is far from the clinical striker that Arsenal fans are crying out for.
Now getting minutes up front and with Ibrahimović’s future up in the air it is difficult to see any move for Cavani happening, even if this alleged interest has some truth behind it.