Arsenal Transfer News: Latest on Edinson Cavani and Asier Illarramendi Rumours

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2015

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 1: Edinson Cavani of PSG greets fans after winning the 2015 Trophee des Champions between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Olympique Lyonnais (OL) at Stade Saputo on August 1, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he is willing to "gamble" in the transfer market before the window shuts, with rumours Edinson Cavani and Asier Illarramendi will be arriving in the days ahead. 

Spanish news outlet Fichajes.net (h/t Jack Wilson of the Daily Star) claimed Paris Saint-Germain superstar Cavani is ready to jet into London to complete his medical to join the Gunners, with Karim Benzema still in the pipeline. 

Ian Abraham of talkSPORT has also fuelled the speculation of Cavani making the hop across the channel to the Emirates, with the reporter proclaiming Benzema will not be sold by Real Madrid, leaving Wenger with the Uruguayan striker as his primary option:

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has given his blessing to Cavani's potential arrival, but he would be happy to see either Benzema or the PSG attacker sign for his beloved Gunners, per Wilson: "Benzema would be a great signing for Arsenal. I think fans would be really excited to have him in the squad. Cavani has also been mentioned, whether he's a player who could come in. He's got great experience with the national side and the teams he's been at so, if they're available, who knows?"

Cavani has consistently been played out of position at PSG during his time in Paris, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the line for the Ligue 1 champions. The player has often been used on the left side of the attack, but the arrival of Angel Di Maria may see Cavani receive reduced playing time. 

LILLE, FRANCE - AUGUST 7: Edinson Cavani of PSG in action during the French Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Grand Stade Pierre Mauroy on August 7, 2015 in Lille, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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Di Maria is a natural in the wider berth, with Cavani surely keen to play in his favoured role of striker. 

Arsenal certainly desire a world-class striker and Cavani fits the profile. The player's goal record in France is excellent—scoring 24 goals in 40 Ligue 1 and Champions League starts last year, per WhoScored.com—and his arrival at the Emirates would thrust the Gunners into the running as possible title favourites. 

The Mail On Sunday's Malcolm Brown reports Wenger is ready to take a punt in the transfer market as he attempts to keep up with the vast spending of his Premier League rivals but says top targets are difficult to attain:

Of course, there is pressure to keep up with them. All of them have spent more money but only one can win the title. It’s not just the consequence of the money they spend in how successful you are. That is why you have to keep your nerve and not buy just because the others buy—but buy because you have found a player that can really give you a plus.

It is difficult because there’s more money in football, more clubs with big resources, and less players available. The funds are there more than the players who could strengthen the squad. That is a big problem.

Gunners To Steal Illarramendi From Liverpool?

ELCHE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 22:  Asier Illarramendi of Real Madrid looks on before the La Liga match between Elche FC and Real Madrid at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on February 22, 2015 in Elche, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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One player who can add value to the Arsenal midfield is Real Madrid's Asier Illarramendi, with outlets reporting the player might snub Liverpool to join Wenger's squad. 

Mundo Deportivo (h/t George Bellshaw of Metro) claim both Premier League clubs will attempt to charm the Spaniard in order to capture his signature in the coming days. 

The 25-year-old is a natural defensive midfielder, and he has the talent to slip straight into the Gunners' starting XI, being stylistically ideal for Wenger's tactics. 

However, the player has been on Brendan Rodgers' radar all summer long, and Liverpool are certain to not give up the Los Blancos man without a fight. 

Benzema is the player most Arsenal fans crave, but the north London faithful would surely still be happy if they captured the mercurial striking talents of Cavani. 

The Uruguayan often splits opinion when it comes to the quality he emits, but he is a natural born predator, and a very useful alternative to Olivier Giroud. 

Giroud doesn't have the all-round ability of Cavani, and he will find himself rooted to the bench if the PSG attacker arrives in the next few days.