Arsenal Transfer News Wednesday 24 December

Cavani Move Unlikely Just Yet

Edinson Cavani Arsenal transferParis Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is once again being linked with an Arsenal transfer but reports of a January bid look to be wide of the mark.

A number of outlets claim this morning that PSG coach Laurent Blanc has finally lost faith in the Uruguayan and is looking to move him on.

Speaking after PSG’s goalless draw with Montpellier at the weekend, Blanc suggested that he would be changing his methods: “I think my management will be a little less flexible, a little harder. It is said that we have high goals, that we must be rigorous, professional and that the difference will be in the detail.”

Blanc also criticised Cavani, saying. “It’s a lack of confidence both in his feet and in his head. He is having a hard time but he’s not the only one. We all need our strength.”

Cavani has often complained about having to play in a wide role rather than as an out-and-out striker. He was given his chance as a central striker when Zlatan Ibrahimovic was out injured earlier this season and he largely took that chance with a goal in five consecutive games. His scoring record of 13 goals in 27 games so far this term isn’t bad but he has scored just once in his last five games, hence Blanc’s comments.

But there won’t be an Arsenal transfer bid in January as the Daily Express is suggesting – certainly not one of £50million. Arsene Wenger has other aspects of his squad that need strengthening and the Arsenal boss is more likely to spend on a new defender rather than on a striker.

Gunners Watch Nantes Midfielder

Arsenal are keeping tabs on Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout, according to reports. The France Under-21 international has apparently been watched by scouts from the Emirates, but he is also said to be interesting clubs from Spain and Italy with AC Milan having sent representatives to watch him in action.

The Daily Mirror adds Arsenal to that list but his agent Fabrice Picot said last month that he didn’t think any move will come in January.

“I know that observers from AC Milan attended the [under-21] match between France and England. They hoped to see Veretout, but I did not have any contact with the leaders of the Rossoneri leaders.

“A sale in January? No, I do not think Nantes intends to let him go to the winter transfer window. Serie A, however, are interested in Jordan and he would like to play in Italy in the future.”

Veretout’s buyout clause stands at just over £4million.