Analysis - Why Arsenal and Chelsea are the only future destinations for Cavani in the Premier League


Edinson Cavani is suited to the attacking systems of Arsenal and Chelsea.

Uruguay coach Pablo Correa has warned striker Edinson Cavani that it would be a bad idea to move to the Premier League where he’s been coveted by the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.

The reason there are reports of discontent between himself and current side Paris Saint-Germain is over how he’s used by coach Laurent Blanc in the current side; wide, to one side of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, the striker's agent has suggested that his client won't be moving in the summer.

Therefore, there is good reason to suggest that Arsenal and Chelsea are the only possible Premier League sides he could join at some point in the future because they can offer him what he wants; the chance to play through the middle as a centre forward.

Both the Gunners and the Blues uses systems which are based around having one striker up front in a central role, whether that player is dropping off or pressing the opposition defence to create space.

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are not managers who like or need to use strikers in wide roles with the exception of Lukas Podolski at Arsenal, who has become an effective left winger for the Gunners.

Wenger has based his attack around Olivier Giroud with Nicklas Bendtner, Yaya Sanogo and Podolski occasionally taking his place in the starting eleven. Mourinho has rotated the strikers available to him at the top of his attack, choosing to play Eden Hazard and Willian down either flank as attacking support.

It's doubtful whether either will change his philosophy significantly before a transfer window comes around where Cavani could be tempted away from PSG.

Manchester United is a different story because David Moyes already has two players in Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie who like to play the central role in attack, which damages the idea that United need Cavani or could accomodate him in a Moyes team.

Should Cavani ever head to Manchester then he could be in a similar situation to the one he finds himself in at PSG in the respect that he could play to one side of either of United’s current forwards.

There is going to be plenty of speculation over the rest of Cavani's career linking him with moves away from France because he's a world class forward who could warrant a move to any big European based side over the next few years.

Arsenal and Chelsea will both be there or there abouts in English and European football for the foreseeable future and they both have the resources and potential to make a big move for Cavani at a point in the next few years.

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