Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has set his sights on PSG pair Edinson Cavani and Adrien Rabiot, with talkSPORT claiming the north London side have held talks with the Ligue 1 side over their interest in the Parc des Princes duo.
Wenger has made just one high-profile signing this summer, the capture of Czech Republic keeper Petr Cech, and moves to bring in Rabiot and Cavani would happily address two areas of weakness in the Arsenal manager’s squad.
Arsenal do not possess much in the way of effective defensive or holding midfielders, with the number of creative talents far outweighing those who can get ‘stuck-in’ and offer protection. As such a move for elegant 20-year-old French midfielder Rabiot would be a sensible one to consider, even if the youngster can offer a threat going forward.
Last term Wenger was reliant on Francis Coquelin, and the utility man, who was brought back in from his loan stint at Charlton Athletic, duly delivered but hasn’t hit the same heights in 2015/16.
Veteran Mikel Arteta is a regular injury concern, whilst Mathieu Flamini is not the same player as he once was and Rabiot would offer Wenger a youthful fresh option in the centre of the park.
A move for prolific goalscorer Cavani would provide Arsenal with a striking spearhead who can offer 20+ goals a season, a target current first-choice starter Olivier Giroud has struggled to meet over the course of his three years at the North London club.
Cavani scored 56 goals in two seasons in the French capital, this despite being used in a wide-attacking role that arguably doesn’t make the best use of his talents, and racked up an astonishing tally of 104 goals over three seasons with Napoli.