Arsenal-linked Edinson Cavani wanted by Atletico Madrid, Ortega confirms

Vicente Calderon trainer Oscar Ortega has admitted that the Spanish side are interested in the Uruguay international.

With Arsenal desperate to turn themselves into consistent Premier League title challengers, the Gunners have been heavily linked with a summer move for Edinson Cavani - by the Metro, among others.

The Paris Saint-Germain attacker has been forced to operate out wide in Laurent Blanc’s 4-3-3 system, with the former Napoli hitman playing second fiddle to main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

With Cavani on a goal drought in the French capital and reports linking him with a summer exit continuing to be run on a regular basis, Arsene Wenger’s men look like they would have a number of significant competitors in the race to land the Uruguayan.

Atletico Madrid have been mentioned as a possible suitor for Cavani, with coach Oscar Ortega confirming that Diego Simeone’s men do hold an interest in the South American star.

"Yes, there is interest and I would love to be able to sign him. For us, and for him, too,” he told Radio 1010.

With Mario Mandzukic’s style not a perfect fit for Atletico’s swift counter-attacking style, Cavani could well inject the pace and predatory instinct that the La Liga champions possessed last term with Diego Costa leading their line.

Cavani featured in PSG’s 3-1 win over Lorient last night, but failure to hit the back of the net prolonged his goal drought to eight Ligue 1 matches.

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