Today’s back pages are full of fairytales of Arsenal bringing Napoli striker Edinson Cavani to the Emirates.
However, unlike fairytales this story doesn’t have a happy ending – Gunners fans will be disappointed if they believe this rumour there are at least five good reasons why this deal will never happen.
1) Wenger didn’t actually say that. The back pages and news websites are running stories based on quotes from a press conference yesterday. All Arsene Wenger actually said was:
“I like him as a player. He would cost a lot of money, that’s for sure. Nobody would deny that!”
Nowhere does the Arsenal boss say he is interested in signing the player – in fact his comment was made in jest – yes, he like’s him. I’m sure he likes Lionel Messi too but that doesn’t mean he’s lining up a bid.
Also, it’s important to note that the reported lead the question with Cavani and Wilfried Zaha’s names in it. Wenger couldn’t exactly deny that they are good players but he wasn’t the one who brought it up.
2) He’s too expensive
On that point, I refer you back to the above quote – Wenger flat out says Cavani would be very expensive. Now, Arsenal do have money to spend and the manager has outlined his intention to do so for the right quality of player.
But Arsenal would never break their economic philosophy on such a whim. Cavani would likely cost somewhere in the region of £40 million. That would be a club record transfer fee if it materialized and, for that money, they could buy at least two or three quality players that could strengthen the squad more adequately.
3) He wouldn’t want to leave Napoli
Arsene Wenger also said in his press conference,
“Napoli are playing for the title and the Champions League in Italy. What is Napoli’s interest in selling Cavani? None, unless you say, ‘OK, we will pay twice the price of what the player is worth.”
So, apart from being too expensive – his club wouldn’t want to sell him and, at any rate, I don’t think Cavani would want to leave yet. He’s having a sensational season at the club – he’s scored an awesome 25 goals in just 23 appearances. He’ll be thinking ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’
4) He wouldn’t want to come to Arsenal, even if he left
On top of that, if he were to move to the Premier League, I would expect him to prefer a move to Manchester City who are reportedly very interested in him and have been for some time now.
Or perhaps he could hold out Chelsea who would be interested if they fail to capture Radamel Falcao. Cavani could potentially earn himself a move to La Liga with Real Madrid if Karim Benzema and or Gonzalo Higuain depart in the summer. I would be very surprised if he ever puts on an Arsenal shirt as long as he lives.
5) He would be cup tied for the Champion’s League
As Wenger clearly states above, Napoli are still challenging for the Champion’s League meaning Cavani would be cup-tied until the end of the season, should he move Arsenal.
Why on Earth would Arsenal spend a fortune on a player who can’t play any part in their European ambitions? If they were desperate to sign him, they’d surely wait until the summer at the very earliest. This move just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to any of the parties involved.
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