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Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with Edinson Cavani, again. Is there anything in it?

Edinson Cavani made a blockbuster €63 million move to PSG from Napoli this summer, so why would he move on already?

It's a very good question, and one posed by reports in The Express that the Uruguayan is contemplating leaving the French capital after just a single season.

The paper report that Arsenal and Chelsea, as well as Manchester City, are all on high alert.

They reference French website Le10Sport, which state: "Cavani is not happy about playing second-fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Parc des Princes and may be ready to ask his advisors to discretely investigate a move away."

Note the 'may be', which tells us there is nothing concrete yet for supporters of Premier League teams to get excited about.

For further context, the same website claimed earlier in the week that Chelsea are preparing to bid for Luis Suarez, in January, make of that what you will...

From a PSG perspective, Cavani knew exactly what he was getting into when he made his transfer, that he would have to go from being the main man at PSG to sharing the spotlight with maverick striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

While Zlatan has courted the headlines, largely from his four goal Champions League display against Anderlecht, Cavani's goal record this season is very impressive in it's own right.

He has nine goals in eight Ligue 1 starts, 11 goals in 11 starts in all competitions, with four appearances off the bench.

Cavani has played the full 90 minutes the last three league games in succession, and has scored six goals in his last four games. If he is unhappy in the slightest, it is not showing on the pitch in any way whatsoever.

From an English perspective, both Chelsea and Arsenal need a new striker, with Arsene Wenger a public admirer of Cavani in the past.

However it seems to us that simply because the two clubs are in the market for a new frontman, The Express and the aforementioned French website are simply seizing on the slightest hint that Cavani could be unhappy and linking him to them.

Even more revealing is an interview with Luis Suarez this week with French radio station RMC about Cavani, where he states:

"He said he is happy in Paris. He is happy with the big club he has discovered, his team-mates and the way football is in France."

That more than anything should silence the whispers. If Cavani did want to move on, it's also likely Real Madrid would be his preferred destination rather than the Premier League, with the Spaniards rebuffed by Monaco in their move for Falcao, and Cavani recently complimentary towards the club over the summer.

And all of this is not to mention that super-rich PSG would have no intention of giving up a striker they spent an exorbitant amount on over the summer. He missed their Champions League game in midweek through injury and they struggled without him, drawing 0-0. Letting him go is not an option.

Rumours linking him to Arsenal and Chelsea are just that, and not very convincing ones at all either.

How long to you expect Cavani to stay at PSG for?

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