Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani will be staying in France for the time being, but he was heavily pursued by Arsenal throughout the summer.
According to the Daily Star, the Uruguayan international was close to moving to the Emirates in a £45m deal.
“Many transfer opportunities presented themselves. But PSG has already trusted me. This is the club who can give me what is better,” Cavani said.
“If it could happen like in the second half of the season, with very good results that make me want to continue on this path.”
The two clubs never followed through with the deal, despite Cavani’s future with PSG being in doubt.
Cavani would be a massive addition to the Gunners’ front third, as he has been a consistently elite force since his time with Napoli.
The 28-year-old striker has come up with 112 goals in the last five seasons, and would provide Olivier Giroud with major competition for a starting spot up front.
Arsenal did not come out of the summer with a new signing at striker as many fans had hoped, which was especially disappointing for fans since they allegedly had a £200m budget.
The Gunners had pursued Cavani along with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, but Wenger took a lot of heat for failing to sign either of them.
However, Arsenal have risen to fourth place on the Premier League table and look to be a genuine title threat.
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