Edinson Cavani has received "proposals" to play in the Premier League with Liverpool and Arsenal, according to Claudio Annelluci, his agent.
The forward's powerful frame and hard-working nature have always outlined him as a prime candidate to move to England, where he could become a fan favourite.
A season of speculation has passed at Paris Saint-Germain, with Uruguayan newspaper El Telegrafo reporting Annelluci's intriguing comment (via David Maddock of the Mirror):
There was much interest in the player during the past six months. I can confirm that Cavani has heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal.
He would love to play in England, but has not yet made a final decision. He is not interested in money and fame, he just wants to be happy playing football.
Which club better suits Edinson Cavani's style of play?
Brendan Rodgers finds himself hunting a top-class striker after being rebuffed in his attempts to land Radamel Falcao on loan, per The Guardian's Andy Hunter.
The Liverpool boss is obviously trying to at least replace Luis Suarez's name with one of similar footing, a challenge that may have become more apparent after Rickie Lambert failed to impress during the club's tour of the U.S.
Cavani would most likely be tempted by Liverpool if he was given the main striker's role. In an interview with L'Equipe, he stated his irritation with playing to the right of Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 formation during last season (via Sky Sports' Patrick Haond), meaning he may need assurances that he'd be the focal point before committing.
However, the forward recently admitted he is over such positional problems, saying, "There were some small issues about the position I wanted to play but I feel very good about that now," reported by L'Equipe (via Sky Sports).
This may be due to him finishing last season in the leading role while Zlatan Ibrahimovic recovered from injury, or Blanc may have privately confirmed a change of emphasis. Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC indicated as much during a recent pre-season fixture for the French champions:
Cavani has definitely gone central since coming on. Ibrahimovic in similar area, but deeper. My prediction of a 4-3-1-2 could be right.— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 2, 2014
Johnson also questions the quotes from Annelluci, whom he believes doesn't represent the player:
One of Rodgers' main strengths is getting the best out of players who haven't necessarily hit their potential elsewhere. Despite scoring 16 goals and providing two assists in 30 appearances last campaign, per WhoScored.com, Cavani wasn't always able to influence games in the manner we saw at Napoli.
His natural quality carries him through most matches, but a manager like Rodgers could focus his game on goalscoring and rekindle the all-action, terrifying player who tore through defences in Serie A.
Arsene Wenger could also offer Cavani plenty of responsibility at the expense of Olivier Giroud. Arsenal's game suffered with a lack of striking options last season, something the club still hasn't addressed head-on during the summer.
Alexis Sanchez's arrival adds a versatile forward, not an out-and-out striker, meaning Wenger may still be on the prowl for someone to challenge Giroud's position.
The Gunners may be Cavani's preferred destination when considering comments he made about Rodgers last season.
Cavani often spoke about Suarez's yearning to leave the Reds and indicated Rodgers doesn't understand the loyalty shown by his former striker to prolong his career at Anfield. "The Liverpool coach can talk about loyalty and disrespect, but maybe he needs to look up what it means," said Cavani, per the Daily Mail's John Drayton.
Will Edinson Cavai move from PSG this summer?
The need to sell Cavani may have lessened after PSG pulled out of a deal to land Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, reported by the Daily Mail's Sunni Upal.
Another expensive signing will thrust the club toward further trouble with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, harming their ability to break even. David Luiz's £50 million fee is perhaps coming round to haunt PSG here, just as many thought it might prior to his abysmal World Cup.
Cavani has appeared rejuvenated at the Parc des Princes during the summer. Should Rodgers or Wenger seriously want to land the player, they will need to stump up serious cash.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal could use another forward to really galvanise their title hopes, ensuring Cavani will remain a prime candidate to the last.