Reported Arsenal target's future lies away from PSG, says ex-winger

Former PSG winger Jerome Rothen believes Edinson Cavani won't remain in France long-term.

Arsenal have been handed a boost in the alleged pursuit of £50 million striker Edinson Cavani as PSG legend Jerome Rothen believes his long-term future will lie away from the Ligue 1 champions.

The Uruguayan striker has failed to set the world alight since his huge €64 million move from Napoli to PSG in the summer of 2013, often being deployed outwide in order to accommodate world class Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Many were linking Arsenal with the 27-year-old during the summer, but a move never materialised and instead Arsene Wenger snapped up Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on transfer deadline day.

A future move could still be on the cards though as Rothen told Le 10 Sport that he doesn't think Cavani's future will lie in Paris.

He said: "He can still succeed in Paris, but his performances will be more or less the same. Everything depends on the tactical choices of Laurent Blanc. However, I can't see him staying long-term in Paris.

"If he reiterates his desire to leave, the club will not keep him. Especially if he has the same performances as last year - the directors won't necessarily be satisfied."

The Arsenal boss has broken a career trend in the last two seasons by spending big on world-class stars, so should he want to, there is no reason why he couldn't sanction a move for the Uruguayan international.

However a reason why it seems unlikely is the fact that the striking department is not currently a position that needs further strengthening. Danny Welbeck has so far seemed like a good buy, and Arsenal still have the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott to return from injury.

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