It is now a matter of days until the transfer window slams shut. Time is running out for Arsenal to make any remaining additions to their squad. Although they have their most healthy roster in years, there is always room for improvement, and Arsene Wenger will be scouring the market for any last-minute deals.
Arsenal have held talks with Paris Saint-Germain over potential deals for Adrien Rabiot and Edinson Cavani, talkSPORT has learnt.
Arsene Wenger is still looking to boost his squad this summer having so far only brought in Petr Cech from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Wenger is understood to be looking at PSG’s frontman Cavani, who is is reportedly desperate to leave the French champions this summer. The Gunners have also enquired about Cavani's teammate Rabiot.
As a double signing, it would certainly make sense. The two areas where there’s obvious room for an upgrade in the Arsenal squad are holding midfield and centre-forward.
At the base of the midfield, Francis Coquelin has done an outstanding job since breaking into the team last season. However, the two players ostensibly providing cover for him, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, are both the wrong side of 30 and seemingly in physical decline. They are not capable of providing long-term competition and cover for Coquelin.
Rabiot could do that. He is one of Europe’s most promising deep-lying midfielders, demonstrating an intriguing combination of positional discipline and technical elegance.
That said, he is by no means an exact replica of Coquelin. He is more of a playmaker than a destroyer, focusing on instigating moves from deep rather than nullifying the opposition. In that respect, it could be said he is more akin to Arteta than his fellow Frenchman. Rabiot would provide depth and variety, but he would not make Arsenal invulnerable to Coquelin’s absence.
A move for Cavani would be a fascinating prospect. The Uruguayan has not quite lived up to expectations in Ligue 1 since joining from Napoli, seemingly cowed by the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
At Arsenal, Cavani would surely be the main man once again. Although Arsene Wenger has three good attacking options in Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, Cavani has the capacity to combine the best of their attributes. He’s an all-rounder: a forward with speed, power and superb finishing ability.
Cavani wouldn’t come cheap, but if Wenger can coax the striker's Napoli form out him, he’ll have acquired an undoubted superstar. The Gunners boss has experience when it comes to rejuvenating talent.
The likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Marc Overmars and Kanu all saw their careers pick up a second wind under his tutelage. If there’s a manager out there who can help Cavani recapture the magic that made him one of Europe’s hottest properties, it’s surely Wenger.
Pulling off a double deal like this would not be easy, especially when you consider that PSG’s financial position puts them under no real pressure to sell. However, Arsenal should consider pushing the boat out to put the finishing touches to their squad. If they truly hope to take home the title, they cannot afford any complacency in the transfer market.