Emirates Stadium side to launch massive bid to snap up in-form South American striker who can’t stop scoring.
Arsene Wenger is ready to break the bank at last with a £30million bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani as the Frenchman bids to save Arsenal’s season.
Wenger is ready to act after watching his side fall 11 points off the pace in the Premier League title race following a 3-3 draw at home against Fulham on Saturday.
The Arsenal manager has been under massive pressure from fans and shareholders to start splashing big money in a bid to end the club’s eight-year wait for a trophy, and he has decided 25-year-old Uruguay forward Cavani is top priority after getting a glowing report on the player from chief scout Steve Rowley.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Arsenal could dearly do with some added firepower but there will be many Gunners fans reticent to believe that their North London club will fork out £30m for any player. Such an offer would be pretty much twice the club’s record spend on a single player and whilst now may well be the time to consider such a massive investment one wonders if Arsene Wenger would really look to sanction such a bid.
Edinson Cavani has been a goal machine ever since he moved to Italy from Uruguay in January 2007. His form at Sicilian outfit Palermo drew admiring glances from Serie A’s big boys and after netting 15 goals in each of his last two seasons at the club Napoli came calling and the 25 year old has gone from strength to strength.
In his first season at the San Paolo he scored 26 Serie A goals, finishing second in the top scorers chart behind Antoni Di Natale, helping Walter Mazzarri’s side to a top three finish and securing a lucrative Champions League berth.
Last term he managed 33 goals in all competitions but that failed to net the Naples club a second successive shot at the Champions League, which may in turn have led to the club’s decision to cash-in on Cavani’s strike partner Ezequiel Lavezzi, who left for big spending PSG.
Cavani may well have had notions of a similar big money move but this has certainly not affected his early season form with the big forward scoring 13 goals in 13 games thus far this term.
Arsene Wenger essentially now depends a great deal on Olivier Giroud for end product. The French boss appears to see Lukas Podolski, Gervinho and Theo Walcott all as wide attacking options, which in turn may have put a lot of the striking burden on the summer addition from Montpellier.
However the French international has recovered from a shaky start, scoring just once in his opening nine games for the club. The 25 year old has gone on to score five in his last eight appearances for the Gunners.
That said Wenger is certainly light on striking options.
Wenger sold Robin Van Persie and Carlos Vela to Man United and Real Sociedad respectively and then further diminished his attacking options by opting to loan out Nicklas Bendtner, Park Chu-Young and youngster Joel Campbell to Juventus, Celta Vigo and Real Betis and is now beginning to feel the paucity of options in this role still available in his first team squad.
Is a move for Cavani a realistic one?
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