Wenger admits Arsenal could drop Cavani move after being quoted staggering 91m
12:39 GMT, 17 January 2013
08:10 GMT, 18 January 2013
Arsene Wenger has admitted his admiration for Edinson Cavani – but the Arsenal manager would be forced to shatter the club’s financial structure to sign the striker.
The total cost of landing the Napoli hitman could amount to a staggering 91million.
Speaking at the club’s London Colney HQ, Wenger admitted: ‘He is a player I like. He would cost a lot of money that’s for sure.
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‘We can spend the money but I do not want to speak about Cavani because we have not made an enquiry for him.’
The Frenchman was asked the question amid fresh speculation linking the Gunners with the Uruguay international.
Wenger is fan of the forward but knows he’d have to stretch the club’s financial boundaries to land Cavani.
In addition to the 25-year-old has a 52million release clause, he would demand a five-year deal worth a minimum of 150,000-per-week.
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Lukas Podolski is Arsenal’s current top earner on 90,000-per-week, while the capture of Andrey Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg for 15million remains their record signing.
Mega-rich Chelsea pulled their interest in Cavani over the summer due to the mammoth cost of bringing him to Stamford Bridge.
And whether Arsenal are prepared to smash their financial records to bring Cavani to London remains to be seen.
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