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