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Edinson Cavani ‘set to spark bidding war between Arsenal and Newcastle’
Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew are heading for a showdown over the signature of Napoli’s Edinson Cavani, as both managers fight to bolster their attacking options in the summer.
Wenger is already battling to retain the services of captain Cesc Fabregas and with little up front at the Emirates, the French tactician is beginning to consider an uncharacteristic splash of the transfer cash.
Gunners fans and pundits alike have been calling for at least three big-name players to be purchased, however Arsenal could have a battle with both Newcastle and Manchester City lining up the Uruguayan’s services.
No secret has been made of Pardew’s intentions to spend after Andy Carroll’s £35million move to Liverpool left Newcastle plush with funds but without a dedicated talisman.
Cavani’s power, speed and height make him an ideal candidate for both clubs, however City manager Roberto Mancini has also been linked to the the 24-year-old as a replacement for wayward striker Mario Balotelli.
Netting a brace in Napoli’s 2-1 over Cagliari at the weekend, Cavani’s efforts will have been duly noted by scouts from all three clubs and added credential to his £30million price tag.
May have to put this rumour from The Metro in the ever so unlikely pile for a number of varying reasons. Edinson Cavani is doing a terrific job leading the line at Napoli who are now just three points from the top of Serie A and have a very real chance of sealing their first domestic title in over two decades, so why then would the Uruguayan leave?
Currently on a loan deal at the Naples club and likely to be picked up on a first refusal offer, stadio San Paolo boss Walter Mazzarri would be insane to allow the rangy striker leave at the end of the season. We are talking about a player who has netted 29 goals this season in all competitions.
Arsenal may well need a new attacking option given the constant injury concerns over Robin Van Persie and the slump in form shown by Moroccan international Marouane Chamakh, who actually looked impressive initially. Neither Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela have inspired too much confidence when called upon but the simply fact is that many Gunners supporters would tell, quite accurately, that Arsene Wenger simply will not spend the kind of money needed to sign a player of Cavani’s calibre, regardless of whether he had the cash to splash or not.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew may well love to see the 23 year old join the Magpies but firstly that would require owner Mike Ashley coughing up the lions share of the Andy Carroll cash and then secondly persuading Cavani to move to St James’ Park, which would mean giving up probable Champions League football to join a mid table Premier League side?
Currently Pardew has some fairly average strikers to call upon with none of Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger and Shefki Kuqi looking likely to score heavily.