British newspaper The Sun are reporting this morning that Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has become a top target for Arsenal this summer. The Argentine international is currently on duty with his country at the World Cup in Brazil. Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his attacking options this summer and Lavezzi is the latest in a long number of players linked with a move to the Emirates for the new season.
Lavezzi has just completed his second season in Paris and although the first 12 months have been fairly quiet by the high standards he set at Napoli, he began to flourish under Laurent Blanc and his performances in 2014 have been nothing short of exceptional. His record speaks for itself, with five of his seven league goals coming since the end of the January break.
Add to that goals and impressive displays against Bayer Leverkusen and Chelsea in the Champions League and the Argentine winger finished the season as one of PSG’s best performers.
PSG are looking to off-load some players this summer in order to recoup some cash before bringing in more talent. However, the £15 million pounds mentioned in the article seems short of what the French club would look for after spending €30 million on the 29-year-old.
Perhaps if Arsenal were to offer more in the region of £20 million, then they could convince PSG to let go of the experienced winger.
That is where the move begins to unravel. Arsenal have been linked with a number of attacking options already this summer, one of which is 23-year-old French attacker Antoine Griezmann. The Real Sociedad player is apparently available for around £18 million this summer, and this is where the Gunner’s money would be better invested.
Signing Lavezzi would bring some more Champions League experience into the squad, but to spend that amount of money on a 29-year-old would seem a huge deviation away from Wenger’s normal spending habits. Whereas signing Griezmann makes perfect sense.
It would be a huge surprise if there was any real truth in this rumour, but this is football, and stranger things have happened.