The Bernabeu striker has committed to staying with Rafael Benitez’s side, meaning that the Gunners have had to move their interest on to the Uruguay international. The Ligue 1 champions aren’t currently keen on selling their striker, but he could still be put on the market before the end of the transfer window.
The 28-year-old has largely played second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Parc des Princes, but still managed an impressive 18 goals during 35 games in the French top flight last season as well as six in ten Champions League matches. This form may mean that manager Laurent Blanc will want to keep him in Paris.
However, with time running out for the North Londoners, they have few options left. The former Napoli man could be their best bet if they want to bolster their front line for the coming campaign. After failing to score in two of their first three matches, Arsene Wenger may be beginning to think that this will be vital to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title.