The huge effect Edinson Cavani could have on Arsenal or Tottenham's summer

Cavani

Could Arsenal's bid to sign Gonzalo Higuain be scuppered by an agreement between Real Madrid and Napoli? Will Tottenham finally miss out on Leandro Damiao?

The news from Italy that Napoli are considering a move for Gonzalo Higuain should not just concern Arsenal Football Club, it should alarm them.

While they place their move for the Argentine 'on hold', investigating the possibility of signing Luis Suarez for a higher fee, it appears they could end up losing him.

Rafa Benitez missed out on German ace Mario Gomez to Fiorentina, and has a big decision to make regarding striking reinforcements.

And that all rests on Edinson Cavani. A player Arsene Wenger not so long ago admitted he admired.

The Uruguayan has been regularly linked with a move away from Napoli, if a club meets his £52 million release clause.

Manchester City and Chelsea have been tipped to do so, but both have so far backed off doing so for the striker.

Real Madrid had been linked with doing so too, but it appears they too have relented from paying the huge fee, splashing out more than £30 million on midfielder Asier Illarramendi instead.

Edinson Cavani is now today said to be closing on a switch to PSG, even reported that he has now passed a medical with Laurent Blanc's side, with a press conference planned for Tuesday.

The striker who bagged 36 goals in all competitions last season is to go head to head with Falcao at Monaco with PSG, an exciting prospect and one which makes Ligue One very much one to watch next season.

His transfer in turn really does crank the pressure up on Arsenal to make their minds up with regard to Higuain.

There are not many top strikers left on the market, and Napoli going after Higuain makes absolute sense if they want a player proven in Europe.

If they want to take an alternate gamble, it may just be the Gunners' North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur who miss out.

Napoli have long been battling them for Leandro Damiao, reportedly having a bid rejected by Internacional last week as it was seven million Euros below their asking price.

Seeing him snatched away would be a blow, and the Italians can offer the Brazilian a crack at Champions League football too after finishing second in Serie A last season. 

Spurs having missed out on David Villa, to see Damiao move on too, would remove one of their more expensive striking options this summer.

With regard to Higuain, Rafa Benitez can also offer him a prominent role, and crucially, guaranteed Champions League football, unlike Arsenal who still have the qualifying rounds to negotiate.

With Cavani poised to complete his move, if Higuain is Napoli's top target as suggested, their cash up front from PSG can go straight towards the striker's €30 million asking price, which the Gunners are yet to meet and likewise Spurs and Damiao.

Arsenal may want to consider taking their Higuain pursuit off 'hold' and accelerate towards signing him rather than running up a blind alley chasing Luis Suarez.

If they don't then they may just regret it, for the challenge of Napoli is far greater than that of Juventus when they were in the hunt. As for Tottenham, perhaps it will be a good thing for fans' sanity to have the spectre of Damiao taken away from them after the way the saga has dragged on surrounding his signature for nigh on two years.

But with Andre Villas-Boas confirming his admiration for the player in January, they too will be more downhearted than positive should Napoli spend their cash that way.

How do you think will Napoli spend the Cavani money? Damiao or Higuain?

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