Sky Sports’ Simone Bargellini notes that Cavani told Spanish radio station Onda Cero, “I know nothing about Arsenal's interest. I have only heard about it now.” The Uruguayan went on to say that he would be intrigued by possible moves to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
When an Arsenal target claims ignorance to the fact that he is being scouted, and then immediately starts to discuss the merits of a transfer to other clubs, it shows that club has plenty of work to do before it is in position to get a signature.
This is certainly the case with Cavani and the Gunners, but the 25-year-old’s talent makes him worth pursuing.
Cavani is currently leading Serie A with 18 goals in just 20 league matches. With each successful strike, his price will likely go up.
Bargellini’s article notes that Napoli has publicly stated that it will only sell its star if his £54 million release clause is triggered, which puts the striker miles out of Arsenal’s price range.
The Italian side is just three points behind Juventus in the table, and there is little reason for it to consider dismantling its squad at this point. However, with a long way to go in the Serie A season, circumstances could change and the club may be in a position where selling Cavani makes more sense when the transfer window reopens.
In addition, the long wait between January and the end of the season is usually filled with posturing and false statements from the clubs when it comes to selling its players. It is unlikely that Cavani will be sold for such an incredible amount of money.
If Arsenal has a chance to sign Cavani at a more reasonable fee, it should pounce. Striker may not be an immediate need for the Gunners, but there is always room for players with such exceptional ability.
Cavani is in a different class to Olivier Giroud, and his presence would greatly benefit the team.
There is a long way to go until the summer. However, if Arsene Wenger fails to finish in the top four for the first time during his tenure in North London, signing Cavani would be a great way to ensure that the club’s supporters keep their faith in him.