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Report: Arsenal bid $82 million for Edinson Cavani. Remy, Falcao, Welbeck linked

Aug 27, 2014, 9:42 AM EDT

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Arsenal are apparently making a move for Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani, as Arsene Wenger is eager to bring in one more striker before the transfer window slams shut next Monday.

The Gunners have been rocked by a bad injury to French striker Olivier Giroud, who is expected to be out for several months after reportedly fracturing his ankle. Cavani may be the Gunners’ main target but the likes of Loic Remy, Radamel Falcao and Danny Welbeck have all been linked with a move to the Emirates.

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Wenger is expected to be without a recognized forward until January 2015 at the earliest, as Arsenal are worried about deploying new $60 million signing Alexis Sanchez in the lone forward role after his struggled in that unorthodox position against Everton on Saturday.

Various reports in England, from the Daily Mirror, Daily Express and Daily Star have Cavani heading to the Emirates in a $82 million move before next Monday, as they scramble for a top class forward to help them on their way. This deal hinges, of course, on the Gunners getting past Besiktas in their Champions League play-0ff on Wednesday, as the expected $100 million windfall they’d get for making the UCL group stages can be spent on Cavani right away.

Cavani’s career at Paris Saint-Germain hasn’t gone exactly as he would have expected following his $90 million move from Napoli last summer. Despite being shunted out to the wing as Zlatan Ibrahimovic plays the role as the lone forward, Cavanis still scored 25 goals in his debuts season for Les Parisiens.

However with rumors circling about Karem Benzema possibly joining PSG from Real Madrid, could the stars align to allow Cavani a move to North London? Other options include Remy from QPR, Falcao from Monaco and Welbeck from Manchester United but it seems as though Cavani is the number one target.

The Uruguayan, known as El Matador, will be the main forward at Arsenal and his physical style of play will suit the Premier League superbly. The 27-year-old is ready to step up and be the main man for a top club in Europe and with the rest of the Gunners side looking in good shape, their only issue is up top.

If Wenger pulls this deal off, it would cap off a huge summer of spending at the Emirates with over $175 million dished out to bolster the Gunners’ squad. If they are serious about being title challenge this campaign and not just battling for a top four spot, they need a central striker of the highest caliber, especially in Giroud’s absence.

Cavani’s arrival would send a huge message out to the rest of the PL: Arsenal aren’t here to mess around anymore. They’re here to win the damn thing.

  1. clevelandfan2 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Not a Gunner fan but would make a good signing, I think Giroud is trash anyways

  2. renhoekk2 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    With all of the competitions the club is involved in they should see what Chelsea want for Torres as well. Sanogo contributes nothing. Torres is a shadow of what he once was but could still offer more than Sanogo.

    • renhoekk2 - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      Should clarify. I meant Torres in addition to Cavani. Not instead of. As long as the price was reasonable. Rumor was Chelsea was willing to let him go to AC Milan on free transfer. Not expecting the same deal for a BPL rival but maybe something cheap enough.

  3. Ian's Rushtache - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Honestly have not seen much of this guy. I hope his WC form was not indicative of the norm for Arsenals sake.

    • scoochpooch - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      sadly its very indicative. He’s super overrated, scores against subpar competition.

  4. jucam1 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Cavanni is selfish and WAY overrated. I would roll with Falcao who is gotten back in to great form.

  5. medinaque - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Reblogged this on Another Arsenal Agent and commented:
    Nice to dream.

  6. fantom21 - Aug 27, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Cavani would be a perfect fit with Arsenal. He has a similar playing style to Giroud, but he’s a clinical finisher inside the box. Ozil needs someone he can feed passes to.

  7. some1kj - Aug 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    If Arsenal are serious about challenging for the BPL title or making head ways in the CL, assuming they get thru tonight, then it is no brainer to think that they need a top calibre striker, the likes of Falcao, Cavani, Benzima. They were stupid not to bid for Balotelli, in spite of the personal baggage that he carries. Forget Wellbeck! Forget any other 33 year old free agent, ex Birmingham! Forget Remy who can’t find a spot at QPR, and was rejected by Liverpool! Be smart Wenger, go for the top picks…..

  8. kellybeck15 - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Cavani looks selfish at PSG because he is a prototypical target striker forced to play on the wing. He is the best fit of any world class striker for Wenger’s system. Cavani has the touch, hold up play and the size just like Giroud, but has the pace and deft finishing quality that Arsenal has been missing since RVP walked.

    That being said, no chance AW splashes the necessary cash for him. Hellooooo Loic Remy….

  9. scoochpooch - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Bringing SAmericans into EPL is usually a dubious decision. Caveat emptor indeed.

  10. manchester4life - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Hope they get Welbeck

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