Report: Arsenal-linked Edinson Cavani wanted by Atletico Madrid

Edinson Cavani is being tracked by Arsenal, but now Atletico Madrid have entered the race for the forward.

Currently turning out for Ligue 1 side PSG, Cavani has netted 42 goals in 79 games, but has not reached the heights of his Napoli spell.

Still, he is a much sought-after striker, and the 28-year-old has been linked with an exit from France in the summer. The Metro ran a story claiming that Arsenal will have a £50 million offer accepted at the end of the season and, although the validity of that story may be under question, the Gunners are in obvious need of a top-class goalscorer.

The deal would likely infringe upon financial fair play rules, so the North London club would probably look to sell before they can buy, but Cavani is certainly the consistent goalscoring threat that Arsene Wenger needs to purchase.

Whilst Arsenal may intend to sign the Uruguayan international, it now appears as if they will face competition for the 28-year-old, with a report in French media outlet L’Equipe claiming that La Liga side Atletico Madrid are in discussions with PSG concerning a transfer involving Cavani.

Reportedly, head coach Diego Simeone sent Uruguay captain Diego Godin to speak to his national teammate to assess whether he would consider a move to Spain, and the forward is said to be keen. The fee will be astronomical for the forward, with Arsenal’s £50 million offer a basic guideline, but the report claims that Atletico will sell Mario Mandzukic, Arda Turan or Koke in the summer to fund a transfer.

This obviously does little to Arsenal’s chances of signing Cavani, with no deal yet in place. However, the player himself seems to favour a Spanish transfer, and that could force the Gunners to pay through the nose if they intend to secure the free-scoring striker.

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