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Edinson Cavani open to Premier League move, but who needs him most?

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With Edinson Cavani reportedly keen on a move to England, we look at the clubs who need his striking talents the most.

Despite having only spent a single season at Paris Saint-Germain, Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is keen on a move to the Premier League according to Sky sources. Sky Sports are claiming the 27-year-old has instructed his agent to seek out a suitable Premier League club for him.

PSG paid Napoli an astonishing £55 million for Cavani last summer, and with 4-years remaining on his contract there is little chance of the French champions allowing him to leave on the cheap.

Cavani has had a very successful first season in Ligue 1 scoring 25 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions. However it's playing second fiddle to talismanic Swede, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, that is understood to have frustrated Cavani.

Manchester United and Chelsea have consistently linked with the PSG man, but neither is really in need of any more top class centre forwards. United's new boss Louis van Gaal will favour his Dutch counterpart Robin van Persie as the striker to lead his line, and Chelsea have just shelled out £32 million on Spanish striker Diego Costa.

Both clubs will likely line-up with one striker next season, so that leaves little room for Cavani who will certainly want first team and playing position assurances. Two other possible locations for him are at Arsenal or Liverpool.

Since van Persie left for United in August 2012, Arsenal have failed to replace his goalscoring ability. Olivier Giroud was signed that same summer, but he's not the man the Gunners need leading their line if they really want to push for the title this season.

Cavani has proved he can score goals wherever he plays; he was prolific in Italy with Napoli and also shone last season with PSG despite spending the majority of the campaign playing as a wide-man.

Arsenal have already spent £35 million on Alexis Sanchez this summer, so a fee could be a possible sticking point. Although Arsene Wenger changed the habit of a lifetime these past two summers by spending big on world class players, so it might not be too farfetched to think the Frenchman could be willing to splash the cash on Cavani.

Liverpool on the other hand have just lost arguably the best striker on the planet, Luis Suarez, in a £75 million transfer to Barcelona. The Reds have Ricky Lambert and Daniel Sturridge as backup, but neither will be capable of filling the gap Suarez's departure will leave.

The Premier League runners-up will certainly need to bring in a suitable replacement if they want to reach or even better the heights of last season. Cavani will offer the same prowess in front of goal, and like Suarez he is also known as a dead ball specialist.

Liverpool should be able to fund a potential move with the funds from the Suarez sale, and as PSG have done business with Liverpool before over Mamadou Sakho, it could give Liverpool an advantage in the negotiating process.

Liverpool appear to need Cavani more than Arsenal; if they don't replace Suarez with someone world class then they will struggle to challenge for the title again. Arsenal could persevere with Giroud, who does get goals but not many. The signing of Alexis Sanchez will certainly give them more firepower going forward anyway.

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