Arsenal Transfer News: Edinson Cavani Deal Linked to Angel Di Maria's Future

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani gestures during a friendly match against Kitchee in Hong Kong Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Arsenal are reportedly still hoping to sign Uruguay international Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain, as the Ligue 1 club look to find a way to bring Angel Di Maria to the French capital from Real Madrid.

Metro says manager Arsene Wenger wants the £51 million-rated forward to add to his attack after previously saying he admired the player.

The same report also notes that Cavani's agent previously admitted an approach by the Gunners despite Cavani distancing himself from an immediate move away from PSG.

Spanish journalist Kike Marin has spoken of Arsenal's interest in Cavani and says the club wishes to pursue a transfer, per Metro.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal looks on during the FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on August 10, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Wenger spoke about Cavani before his move to PSG and admitted how much he likes the Uruguayan, per David Hytner and Daniel Taylor of The Guardian: "I like him as a player. Will he cost a lot of money? That's for sure. Nobody would deny that. Our banker lives just next to me at the moment and he is ready if we find the right player."

Wenger was not joking as he smashed his transfer record in the next transfer window, purchasing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

But it would cost an incredible amount of money to get Cavani to cross the English Channel and join up with the north London club.

Arsenal have been very active in the current window and are still in need of a top-class striker to add variation to their attack.

With fellow South American Alexis Sanchez now at the Emirates, Cavani might be persuaded to make the jump to the Premier League.

PSG will be willing sellers if they can agree to a deal with the Galacticos for Di Maria, but time is running out.

The 27-year-old Cavani played second fiddle to the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the striker's position last season, and he may want to join a team where this type of competition does not exist.

Despite this, Cavani hit an impressive 16 goals in 31 Ligue 1 games last year, per Squawka, showing his world-class ability in front of goal.

NBC Sports soccer analyst Robbie Mustoe took to Twitter to hint how impressed he will be if Arsenal pull off the deal for Cavani:

NATAL, BRAZIL - JUNE 24:  Edinson Cavani of Uruguay reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group D match between Italy and Uruguay at Estadio das Dunas on June 24, 2014 in Natal, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Cavani would be a sensational capture for Wenger and would add to an impressive portfolio of amazing recent signings. With Ozil and Sanchez in the team, and with Cavani ahead of them, the Gunners would surely be one of the hot favourites to lift the Premier League trophy.

Cavani is a predator, and Arsenal need one. Olivier Giroud brings his own skill set to the table but is not in the same class as the PSG forward.

But £51 million is a lot of money, especially when you consider the other areas that Arsenal need to address. They must bring in defensive back-up after selling Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, and a quality defensive midfielder is also needed.

But if Cavani arrives, Arsenal fans will have the right to be excited. They will now be hoping that PSG can thrash out a deal for Di Maria.