Edinson Cavani was once again linked today with a move to the Premier League, with both Arsenal and Manchester United both mentioned with certain interest.
The story on talkSPORT links the Uruguayan striker with a move back to Italy with Juventus. What is certain is that there will be a fight for the Paris Saint-Germain forward, and the chasing parties have to convince the Ligue 1 side to sell.
One huge factor in deciding Cavani’s summer will be the future of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In 2016 the contract of the Swedish forward ends and there is a very good chance he will leave once it runs out, but due to his recent behaviour even the great Ibrahimovic could be on his way out of Paris this summer.
There is no way that the PSG hierarchy would let both their forwards leave, without knowing they could replace them, and they wouldn’t be able to raise the level of funds needed to sign two top-class strikers of the calibre they would need.
After his abusive tirade against the officials from Sunday’s defeat to Bordeaux, the Swedish forward will face the French league’s disciplinary panel on the 9th of April and could face up to a five-game ban. The way the system works, he would get to play against Marseille in the league and in the Coupe de la Ligue final against Bastia, but could miss five of the last six league games.
Zlatan’s mouth could cost him and his club their third consecutive Ligue 1 title. PSG are trying to build a brand and a bright future, and they can’t do that if someone’s behaviour off the pitch is going to cost them titles.
Cavani is under contract until 2018, PSG could quite easily keep him for another season, try and replace Ibrahimovic this summer and see if that could spark a revival in the man that has only scored eight league goals this season.
Arsenal and Manchester United will likely be interested come the end of the season, but they will face stiff competition from both France and Italy to try and lure the striker away from Paris.