What Arsene Wenger REALLY thinks about a £50m+ Cavani bid

Arsenal have been linked with signing Edinson Cavani, but we can deduce their approach to such a deal from financial context and previous comments from their manager.

So how about this one eh? Arsenal linked with Edinson Cavani, write the Daily Express, citing reports from France.

How reliable is the French source? Well Le10Sport earlier this month linked Chelsea with a Sergio Aguero bid so make of that what you will, but it certainly is fascinating.

The context is that Cavani signed for £53 million for PSG from Napoli in the summer, and has scored 12 goals in 13 starts since arriving.

There are murmurings he is unhappy in the French capital, despite compatriot Luis Suarez saying he was happy last month.

"No. 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."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a signed up admirer of Cavani, stating in January: "Cavani is a player that I like, what is for sure is that he costs a lot of money."

So while he may have instructed the Gunners to undertake enquiries - we know the Frenchman would be deeply unhappy about having to spend the sort of money required to get him - and there is no way PSG would take him at a loss.

Arsenal do have increased financial spending power - as illustrated this summer by signing Mesut Ozil. Nothing is to say they cannot afford Cavani's fee, but they are very unlikely to do so.

Their net spend this summer was + £32.3 million, compared to a net spend of just £3.3 million between the years of 2000 and 2012.

It is pretty implausible to expect the Gunners to more than double their current 2013/14 net spend, and they would not want to sell off any major assets to balance it out either. 

If they did it would play havoc with UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations (FFP) scheduled to start being implemented from 2014/15 onwards - so Arsenal would be making such a move at exactly the wrong time.

Arsene Wenger has been adamant in his views on the issue. He said this summer regarding Real Madrid's Gareth Bale transfer: "It makes a joke of it. It's quite amazing that in the year where the Financial Fair Play comes in, the football world has gone completely crazy, you wonder what kind of impact and effect it has on the football world. It looks like it has made everybody worse than before."

Perhaps he has decided 'if you can't beat them, join them', but we doubt it. The sheer price of signing a player like Cavani, on top of the fee paid for Ozil, just is not practical or likely for the Gunners.

A nice story, but we fully expect Arsenal's next striker to be of a slightly more modest fee. Just today he praised £8 million Greek striker Konstantinos Mitroglou publicly. As much as fans may prefer to convince themselves otherwise, that's more like it.

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