Arsenal turn attention to £55m South American forward as Arsene Wenger continues push for striker signing

Arsenal are interested in signing PSG forward Edinson Cavani according to Spanish source Fichajes (via the Metro).

The 28-year-old Uruguayan has proven to be a prolific goal-scorer at the Parc des Princes, despite regularly being used in a wide-attacking role, with the powerful marksman scoring 56 goals in two seasons in the French capital.

PSG paid Napoli £55m to sign Cavani in July 2013 (via The Guardian) after the South American had impressed both in Naples and with Sicilian side Palermo.

Arsene Wenger has been heavily linked with a move for Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema (via the Daily Mirror) and Fichajes claims the north London side are looking to sign a new forward this summer.

Arsenal have relied upon French international Olivier Giroud as their first-choice central-striking option for the past three seasons, and the former Montpellier man’s tally of 54 goals in 135 appearances is hardly prolific.

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Reports last season suggested that Cavani was unhappy with his wide role (via the Daily Mail), with Laurent Blanc looking to accommodate star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a central role, and PSG have subsequently signed winger Angel Di Maria from Man United.

Arsenal drew a blank in their opening Premier League fixture with West Ham, this despite at one point fielding Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott simultaneously. Their failure to find the net against a side who failed to finish in the top half last term, and on home soil, would suggest that Wenger may be wise to look to improve his offensive options, particularly if Arsenal are to mount the title challenge their fans crave.

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