5 Potential Landing Spots for PSG Forward Edinson Cavani

Andrew GibneyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2016

5 Potential Landing Spots for PSG Forward Edinson Cavani

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    Edinson Cavani, as is normal for this time of year, has been linked with a number of clubs around Europe. The Paris Saint-Germain forward hasn’t enjoyed the best of times in the French capital of late, and that has alerted teams that the Uruguayan forward could be available in January.

    The 28-year-old has scored 10 times in Ligue 1, but with only one goal in the Champions League, a huge dip in his recent form may have convinced the French giants to look at any offers that come in.

    Cavani has yet to start a league game in 2016. Laurent Blanc has played the forward as the No. 9 striker in recent cup games, and given a chance to play in the role he so desperately wants, the former Napoli player has failed to take advantage.

    "There is a problem with Cavani’s behaviour but my job is to think of the entire squad as a collective,” Blanc told press, via Michael Gadd of MailOnline.

    “We did hold a staff meeting and among the various issues we discussed were Cavani and his complaints. The desires of the individual can’t affect the rest of the team."

    Blanc prefers to play 4-3-3 with Cavani playing on the left of the front three. Ever since his arrival in 2013, El Matador has always played second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic—as long as the Swede is at the club, that will never change, but the PSG boss still thinks Cavani has a role to play.

    "I believe that he can score here but I understand if he wants to consider other career opportunities."

    Despite his questionable form, clubs will believe that if they bring the forward in, they can change his mood and return him to his goalscoring ways.

    Here are five potential landing spots for Cavani.

Manchester United

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    Does Van Gaal need Cavani?
    Does Van Gaal need Cavani?OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is under a lot of pressure at the moment, and it is clear after the 1-0 defeat to Southampton that he knows the fans have lost a lot of faith in his ability.

    "They haveor they hadgreat expectations of me, and I cannot fulfil them, so I am very frustrated because of that," said the Dutch coach, via BBC Sport.

    Regardless of who is in charge by the end of the January transfer window, the club needs something to spark a more attacking style of play and help provide and convert chances.

    The odds on United signing the Uruguayan were slashed last week, per Simon Rice of the Independent, leading many to believe the move will go through this month.

    One issue for the striker would be his chances of playing through the middle. Wayne Rooney has held on to that role despite poor form earlier in the season. Whoever is picking the team would need to find a way to accommodate Cavani, Rooney and Anthony Martial.

Arsenal

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    Could Giroud and Cavani play together?
    Could Giroud and Cavani play together?Clive Mason/Getty Images

    After 23 games, Arsenal sit third in the Premier League, just three points behind unexpected leaders Leicester City. However, any genuine belief that Arsene Wenger’s side could go on to lift the title this season was given a huge blow this weekend with the 1-0 loss to Chelsea.

    Manchester City are currently on the same points total, while Tottenham Hotspur are only two points back. It is one of the closest, most open title races in recent years, with the smallest of margins set to decide who lifts the Premier League trophy.

    The Gunners are regularly linked with a move for Cavani, per TalkSport, and not a transfer window seems go by without it being mentioned somewhere.

    Given the forward's ability to play across the front line, and Arsenal’s more fluid style, it could be that Wenger could see the 28-year-old as the piece of the puzzle that would get his side across the finish line.

Liverpool

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    Cavani would suit Klopp's style.
    Cavani would suit Klopp's style.LINDSEY PARNABY/Getty Images

    It was always going to take Jurgen Klopp time to change the ways at Liverpool after his arrival in October. This is his first transfer window, and although he would have hoped to bring in a couple of players able to carry out his philosophy on the pitch, it is never easy to do business in January.

    The German coach needs a centre-forward that is able to fit his system. They need to be mobile, hard-working, able to play as a No. 9, and also have the all-round game to be the Reds' main focal point upfront.

    One thing that has never been questioned in Cavani’s game is his work rate. Blanc has relied on him during big Champions League games to not only support the forwards but cover down the channels—something he can do better than most forwards.

    Liverpool’s lack of Champions League football could be a huge stumbling point in any move, this month or in the summer. The Anfield club are eight points away from fourth place, but if the charismatic Klopp could convince Cavani that his arrival would close that gap, anything is possible.

Napoli

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    Could Cavani return to Napoli?
    Could Cavani return to Napoli?TIZIANA FABI/Getty Images

    When you score 21 goals in 21 games, you are going to be linked with a move to the biggest clubs in Europe. That is what has happened with Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain.

    His goals for Napoli have helped fire them to the top of Serie A, but it has triggered interest from German giants Bayern Munich.

    "Higuain is a fantastic player, we at Bayern like him," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told reporters, per ESPN FC, but he added: "My friend Aurelio De Laurentiis does not want to sell."

    The player apparently has a €95 million release clause, but if a deal was to be done this month, the return of El Matador to the Neapolitan club could become an option.

    Back in October, Cavani was asked by Corriero dello Sport (h/t Ben Grounds of MailOnline) if he thought about returning to Italy, and the Uruguayan claimed it would be nice to return where he spent three years.

    It may be a non-starter this month, but it could become a more viable option in the summer.

Real Madrid

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    Cavani would add competition for Benzema.
    Cavani would add competition for Benzema.Power Sport Images/Getty Images

    As soon as it was announced that Real Madrid could face sanctions that would stop them signing players for two transfer windows, a handful of players were linked with moves, with PSG’s Cavani reportedly on the Spanish club’s radar.

    That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Edu Herrero of AS), which claimed the transfer ban levelled at the club will prompt them into action before the window shuts.

    An area Los Blancos may need reinforcements is at centre-forward, with Karim Benzema the only natural striker in the Real Madrid squad. So a pursuit of a player like Cavani would certainly make sense.

    Although Cavani still wouldn’t be considered the first-choice striker, he has more chance of playing through the middle. Benzema needs the competition, and it is looking increasingly apparent that Cavani needs a change of scenery—where better than the Spanish capital.

    The one issue with all these possible moves is the reality that PSG would then be without a striking option for the rest of the season. Not an issue in Ligue 1, but his absence could be felt in the Champions League.

    For PSG to let Cavani go, they would need to bring someone else in, and with a week of the window remaining, that could be easier said than done.