Emirates Stadium side may well have intentions to splash the cash, but this could be one deal that is out of the North London club’s reach.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not known for his big spending antics so when the Gunners manager publicly announced his admiration for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani a large section of the Emirates Stadium faithful possibly felt that the Frenchman was about to end a habit of a lifetime. It seems this may not after all be the case.
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It turns out, according to the Daily Mail, that if Arsenal want to sign the in-form 25 year old then they will have to fork out £91m to do so.
The Uruguayan has a £52m release clause and would demand a five-year deal worth a minimum of £150,000-per-week. This news may well not be a huge shock to Wenger but would almost certainly bring any attempt to sign the Serie A hot-shot dead in it’s tracks.
The former Palermo man has scored an astonishing 25 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season and that follows 33 goals in each of the last two seasons at the San Paolo.
Arsenal relied a great deal on summer signing Olivier Giroud at the start of the campaign but have opted to hand Walcott a striking role in recent weeks, with mixed results.
Cavani saw team-mate Ezequiel Lavezzi sold to PSG and may well feel that the time may be right for a new challenge.
Napoli sit in third spot in Serie A, five points behind leaders Juventus, chiefly due to the goals Cavani has provided, which have made him the top scorer in the Italian top tier.