Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Would Be Wise to Pursue Edinson Cavani

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2013

NAPLES, ITALY - JANUARY 06:  Edinson Cavani of Napoli celebrates afetr scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AS Roma at Stadio San Paolo on January 6, 2013 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)
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As football's transfer window begins to close, Arsene Wenger has indicated his interest in Napoli star Edinson Cavani, according to ESPN.

If he's not able to work out a new deal with Theo Walcott before the weekend, Arsenal's boss may turn his attention to the talented 25-year-old forward.

Cavani has scored 16 goals in 17 starts this season for Napoli in Seria A play, including a hat trick against Roma on Jan. 6. He racked up a combined 49 goals in 70 matches in Serie A play in the past two seasons.

Known for his finishing ability and impressive strength, Cavani would fit in nicely in the Premier League, especially for an Arsenal squad currently on the outside looking in on the top four.

But as Wenger pointed out, it wouldn't be easy to land the Uruguay native.

He said, via ESPN, "Cavani is a player that I like. What is for sure is that he costs a lot of money."

Manchester City has also expressed interest in Cavani, according to the ESPN report, so that adds another obstacle for Wenger if he can't reach a deal with Walcott.

On the other hand, there's still a good chance Wenger is able to keep Walcott at the Emirates, apparently determined to ensure Walcott doesn't leave like Robin van Persie or Samir Nasri have previously.

Wenger said, via ESPN:

My optimism is at 99% now. I was scared that he could leave. It took us some time to get where we want to get and it's still not finalised, but hopefully it will be done by this weekend.

The 23-year-old midfielder has been with Arsenal since the 2005-2006 season, so his departure would be a big blow to the Gunners. He has great experience for the club and he's generally played well lately at Emirates.

But if Cavani begins to stray, Wenger needs to be ready to pursue Cavani fervently. The 25-year-old would be a nice addition to the Gunners and would make a failed deal with Walcott bearable.


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