Wenger confirms Arsenal could break transfer record

Updated: January 17, 2013

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has confirmed his interest in Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, sparking rumours of a €33 million bid for the Uruguayan international.

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Wenger, 63, was asked about speculation linking Arsenal with the Napoli striker, who has scored 16 Serie A goals this season, said: “Cavani is a player that I like. Will he cost a lot of money? That’s for sure. Nobody would deny that. [But] our banker lives just next to me at the moment and he is ready if we find the right player.”

“The prices go always up at the start of the transfer market and go down in the last week. Sometimes as well they go up in the last week, but it depends,” he said.

“Most of the time they go down in the last week and you know as well that 90 per cent of transfer activity happens in the last week if not in the last 48 hours.”

Cavani, who has previously been linked with a move to Manchester City and Chelsea, will not come cheap given that he has a €63m release clause inserted into his contract.

The 25-year-old moved to the Stadio San Paolo in 2010 after the Naples club agreed to pay Palermo €17m for the striker and in May, Cavani signed a new deal with the club until June 2016.

While confirming his admiration for Cavani, Wenger has dismissed reports that he has made a formal bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. “We are looking at him (Zaha), but at the moment we have not made any bid for him. I don’t know if Manchester United are in for him. Anyway, if you call any club for any player, they will tell you Man Utd, Milan, Real Madrid are as well in for him, but it is always difficult to know if it is true or not.”


  1. Big Dan

    01/17/2013 at 5:07 pm

    Oh Arsene Wenger! is that why you have not signed any player yet? You are waiting for the last minute so that you can sign at the cheaper rate wright.? Hmmm!

  2. joshyliza70

    01/17/2013 at 6:18 pm

    let cavani come he is a world class.

  3. francis

    01/17/2013 at 8:54 pm

    i think Wenger s suffering from an illness I cannot describe. is he waiting for a bell or what. Buy players

  4. williams udim

    01/18/2013 at 2:10 am

    Judging by Arsenal league position at this time of the season,it will be foolhardy to ignore the services of a world class striker in cavani.

  5. john

    01/18/2013 at 8:07 am

    wenger must add three top class players if not arsenal will finish number 8. buy cavan time is running off please wenger to something needfully

  6. Kayode

    01/18/2013 at 8:49 am

    Until i see cavani on Arsenal fc jersey,the deal is complete, considering the person of the Proffessor. Well my delight if Wenger can bring in the world class player like Cavani. My fellow Gunner fans, i see myself dreaming and i pray if this dream can come to pass.. Thanks

  7. Victor

    01/18/2013 at 11:08 am

    Wenger is just jocker! Do u believe him on cavani? Ha ha ha . impossible wt which money

  8. Carlos

    01/18/2013 at 11:10 am

    Professor, pls buy Edison cavani 4 us, buy capoue or felliani to anchor our DM… Then, crystal palace wonder-kid, Zaha! We’ll finish third in d league.

  9. obanla oyeyemi

    01/18/2013 at 1:04 pm

    E is a world class player if e is fit 4 d roll so y waitin let sign me

  10. Godwin Agbuza

    01/18/2013 at 1:19 pm

    Arsene wenger hurry up and sign cavani we ve seen this before.delay his dangerous

  11. Emmanuel Kidi Kenyi

    01/18/2013 at 2:25 pm

    While, this is a good reciepe for the taste but, which Arsenal fan can boast of Wenger paying the bill for Cavani? I will be much more happier than any body if he dip his hands this January.

  12. gaudencia

    01/18/2013 at 3:00 pm

    ha ha ha ha its the worst statement frm our caretaker.Wenger u a jst a money monger u alwyz gve us heartattck n headache wth ur twisted minds i jst feel u must resign simple.Southampton has sackd their coach coz h wsnt ready 2 buy anyone at prsnt.So 2 u arsenal body plz FIRE WENGER or else.Our club needs 2 map a way forwad plz w nid new players plz.Last tym w wnt mata,hazard etc thoz players playng real soccr bt u lt thm go nw Zaha again u nid 2 b serious.dnt play wth our mind fr christ sake

  13. Sam

    01/18/2013 at 3:19 pm

    Dont believe wenger will sign cavani its a smoke screen probably looking at some 1 else he never names targets so dont get carried away with this story

  14. Dan

    01/18/2013 at 3:21 pm

    Go for Suarez. He is the most complete striker ever. He can dribble, he can tackle, he can shoot, he can heading, he can dive, he can bite and he is now a second top scorer in epl. Please Arsene, get him for whatever price they might ask.

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