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Wenger: I’ve Not Bid For Cavani & Have No Chance Of Signing Him

Arsene Wenger has played down Arsenal’s hopes of signing Edinson Cavani by insisting it would take a mammoth offer to persuade title-chasing Napoli to sell.

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, more from Arsene Wenger on Edinson Cavani.


Back to reality Gooners. Arsene Wenger has played down Arsenal’s hopes of signing Edinson Cavani by insisting it would take a mammoth offer to persuade title-chasing Napoli to sell, according to the Mirror.

On Thursday, Arsenal fans were dreaming of the possibility that Cavani could be heading to the Emirates this month after the boss admitted he liked the 25-year-old at his weekly press conference and hinted the club had money ready to spend if it was needed.

Que the newspapers flooding the Internet with ‘Arsenal move for Cavani‘ stories. Even the Independent were at it and the Twittersphere was awash with debate over whether we could actually pull this coup off.

However, speaking to a selection of journalists at his press conference on Thursday – with the transcript embargoes until 11pm last night – Wenger expanded on his ‘interest’ in the Uruguayan and played down our hopes of luring him to north London.

Quoted by the Mirror, Wenger basically admitted he had no chance of signing Cavani while Napoli were challenging for the Serie A title and well in the mix for qualifying for the Champions League.

The manager suggested he would have to submit a bid worth double the players value to have a chance of persuading the Italians to sell, before confirming he hasn’t made a bid for the striker. Wenger said:

“Napoli are playing for the championship and the Champions League in Italy. So what is the interest of Napoli to sell Cavani? None. Unless you say, ‘Okay, we pay twice the price of what the player is worth.’

“He is also cup-tied for the Champions League on top of that – all the players who can strengthen us are cup-tied in the Champions League.

“We can spend the money that we have decided to spend, if it is for a player we think gives us a plus. I do not want to speak about Cavani because we have not made an enquiry for him.

Wenger is quoted as saying by the Mirror.

With the Mirror claiming Cavani has a £45m buy-out clause, maybe we wouldn’t have to pay ‘twice the price’ but it’s still likely to be well out of our reach. I never bought into the whole Cavani excitement yesterday. It was all blown way out of proportion.

Arsene simply said he liked a player and all of a sudden I’m reading reports saying we’ve bid for him. It’s was crazy, and like the boss said, why would Napoli sell mid-season when they’re sitting second in the league?

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Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see a player of Cavani’s quality come to Arsenal. But I just don’t see it happening. For many reasons. Let’s concentrate on more realistic targets.

Who would you like Arsenal to sign this month? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. GunnerPete

    January 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

    “all the players who can strengthen us are cup-tied in the Champions League”.
    This sums up our problems completely…all the thousands of better players than ours that are not in any cup that Arsene rules out but ManU/Chelski/Spurs etc. will get in days rather than months.

    It is the AFC mindset…(A) we must not pay ‘the’ price. (B) we must wait until the other club is desperate (C) Oh dear someone else has nipped in we better up our stupid bid (D) Of shit we have lost all the others.
    Just think of the defenders we are desperate need of and think of the ones that we tried to play the above games and lost out the other teams. Meantime after losing several top players due trying to cut another million off the price, we are losing three times as much paying out millions in wages for players we should never have signed and nobody will take from us as a gift.

    This al points to either Arsene being an idiot or his scouts are morons or the board are pillocks, or all three!!

  2. ogunyinka jamiu

    January 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Wenger should pls sign cavani or lorente from atletico cus arsenal lack of striker.​A̶̲̥̅♏‎ arsenal for life.

  3. adedayo yemitan

    January 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

    That is typical AW for you even when the player is available he rather goes for a cheaper players than a world class economist to the core.

  4. Goonerboyo

    January 18, 2013 at 11:00 am

    We live by hope, but a reed never becomes an Iroko tree by dreaming.

  5. tonerry

    January 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I dont expect wenger to sign any player because at the end of january we will sign no one.

  6. arsenal

    January 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Enof of these rumors,its better U make no more headline till he signs a player. What is missing most in our team is a Defensive Midfielder… Replace Song now. And then we can start contemplating about cavani or falcao.

  7. paul

    January 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    realistic targets.. well that sadly would be none then! he will keep with current squad.

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