According to El Chiringuito, as cited by the Express, Arsenal have joined Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Edinson Cavani. The PSG superstar, who was linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, is keen on leaving the club in this January transfer window. Hence, he could be available for a cut-price, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Cavani is one of the best strikers in the world
Cavani has been a prolific striker ever since his breakout season at Palermo way back in the 2008/09 campaign. The Uruguayan international has been scoring goals for fun, netting 112 times in just 213 appearances in the Italian Serie A, before joining PSG in 2013.
At Paris, Cavani has become one of the best strikers in the club’s history alongside the legendary Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He has scored a whopping 136 goals in less than 200 Ligue 1 matches and has almost 200 goals overall. The 32-year-old was the league’s most lethal goalscorer in the last decade, even ahead of Ibrahimovic, who netted only 113 times.
Moreover, Cavani has notched up 116 caps for Uruguay, scoring 50 goals, which is quite an impressive tally. Hence, it is probably fair to say that the PSG star is easily one of the most lethal strikers in the world.
How will Cavani fit into Arsenal’s plans?
Cavani’s arrival will likely depend on whether or not Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves the Emirates Stadium in the future . It is unlikely that he will depart the North London club, especially having confirmed that the rumours linking him with a move away from the club are untrue.
But, the Gabonese international hasn’t been utilised properly this season. And even though Aubameyang has remained the club’s top scorer, he has often been told to play out wide, with Alexandre Lacazette leading the attack. Moreover, if he can continue his goalscoring form, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the forward leave Arsenal in the summer.
That’s where Cavani could come into the fray. The Uruguayan will be an excellent short-term replacement for his Gabonese counterpart. As mentioned earlier, he is an incredible finisher and also has a vast amount of experience, which should help him integrate quickly to the fast-paced nature of English football.
That being said, it would be really difficult for Arsenal to sign the ex-Napoli sensation, especially with clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid interested in his services. Besides, the Gunners should also just shift their attention to signing a new defender instead of making a move for a new forward in January if they are to solve their current problems at the back.
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