Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that there is any truth behind recent reports linking his side with a stunning £62 million swoop for Paris Saint Germain striker Edison Cavani.
The Gunners have been consistently linked with a move for Cavani since the summer transfer window, but a deal never materialised.
Recent weeks have seen reports about a potential switch for the Uruguayan hit man appear more regularly in the press heading into the January transfer window.
This is something of a surprise, given that Arsenal have Danny Welbeck and a fit again Olivier Giroud available to them, although Giroud is set to miss two more games after his head butt to an opponent on Saturday.
One particular link in the French press gained popularity in recent days, suggesting that Cavani was on the cusp of a huge £62 million switch to the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger has denied that, however, and panned transfer rumours in general.
Wenger said: “I don’t give any importance to rumours.
“There was a rumour two days ago in France that I offered £62 million for Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain. Everyday there is a different rumour so I don’t give importance to that.
“In every big club you have some players who don’t play and they are not happy. If you find players who are happy when they don’t play you have a problem.
“[Podolski] will play. Rosicky had an outstanding game today and he didn’t play for a long time. Our job is always to be ready when you play.”
Arsenal are getting closer and closer to securing the signature of sensational striker Edison Cavani in the January transfer window, with current club Paris Saint Germain willing to see him depart for £50 million.
Reports in Spain suggest that the PSG manager Laurent Blanc is willing to let Cavani depart in the near future.
As a bonus for Blanc, accepting the astronomical fee for the Uruguayan striker would allow him more room to move in the transfer market, freeing the French giants from he constraints of Financial Fair Play.
While Cavani is under contract at PSG until the end of the 2017/18 season, he is not thought to be particularly committed to the club, which makes Blanc far more willing to sell him, according to the Daily Express.
The addition of a striker of Cavan’s quality will make a huge difference to Arsenal.
A player of his talent up front could improve their season considerably, making them title contenders again.
Arsenal could be handed a huge boost heading into the January transfer window, with Paris Saint Germain’s £55 million ace Edinson Cavani admitting that he wants to join the Gunners.
Cavani is so keen to move that he is set to ask the French giants to lower their valuation of him.
Currently, PSG value Cavani at £50 million, despite his lack of success since moving to the Parc des Princes.
This is close to the £55 million that PSG paid Napoli for the Uruguayan striker’s services last summer.
A lack of opportunities to feature in his preferred position have hampered his relationship with the Paris club.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic generally plays as the main striker, but with the Swedish star having suffered injuries this campaign, Cavani has plundered 12 goals in 22 appearances.
The Metro are now reporting that Cavani will look to push through a move to Arsenal by asking PSG to accept less money for him.