With the January transfer window just days from re-opening, Arsenal have set their sights on Uruguayan and Paris Saint Germain forward Edinson Cavani. Cavani is expected to leave the Paris club after playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Arsenal are considering a transfer bid around the £50 million ($63 million) mark. Should the bid become successful, it would smash Arsenal’s record fee for a transfer (Mesut Ozil – £42.8 million). Cavani has had an outstanding season so far in France, with 13 goals in 22 games, but Paris Saint Germain are willing to offload the forward due to compliance with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rulings.
With German international Lukas Podolski set to leave Arsenal for Inter Milan, Cavani would join Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud as the club’s first team strikers. Arsenal, who are currently embroiled in a race for the top four, are hoping that the move could spark a run up the table.
However, Cavani would not be eligible for selection in the UEFA Champions League because of his involvement with Paris Saint Germain.
Currently, Arsenal have been relying on winger Alexis Sanchez for goals, with the Chilean leading the club’s scoring charts with 14 goals in all competition. Despite missing a penalty, Sanchez was again the man of the match as Arsenal beat Queen’s Park Rangers on Boxing Day. Sanchez scored and assisted Tomas Rosicky in a 2-1 win, even though being reduced to 10 men due to French striker Olivier Giroud’s red card for headbutting QPR’s Nedum Onuoha.
Giroud is set to miss the next three matches with Arsenal, who are already short on attacking options. Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger, who is celebrating his 400th Premier League win, commented on the win and Giroud’s moment of madness.
“He told me he was pushed in the back and that projected him into the keeper. Usually he’s a guy who’s in control of his response.
“It was a deserved red card. Madness is a strong word, he didn’t kill him. But he touched him and should not have done it. Olivier Giroud knows he made a mistake and I know him well enough to think that he will not do it again,”
On his milestone victory Wenger said, “I’m happy I could win 400 and it’s not as easy as it looks. The next 400 will be much more difficult.”
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