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Arsenal told to pay €50 million for Cavani
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have to pay close to €50 million to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to ESPN sources.
Wenger is linked with a £30 million bid for one of the world's top goalscorers as Arsenal dropped 11 points off the pace in the Premier League title race following a 3-3 draw at home against Fulham on Saturday.
But such an offer would fall well short of the valuation the Italian club have put on their striker. Arsenal fans have longed for the day when the club pays big money in a bid to end the eight-year wait for a trophy, something that Wenger has been loath to do.
Cavani was watched by Arsenal scouts as he scored all four goals as Napoli came from behind to beat Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 4-2 in the Europa League on Thursday, his sixth Napoli hat-trick, but he is also coveted by several leading clubs in Europe - leading Napoli to take a tough stance.
Cavani signed a new five-year contract last May underlining his desire to stay unless one of the big clubs come forward with the appropriate transfer fee and salary package.
And even if Arsenal wanted to pay the extortionate asking price to Napoli, the player's wages would smash the current salary structure at the Emirates.
Roberto Mancini is another Premier League boss who is keen on Cavani, but Manchester City would have to oversee the departure of Mario Balotelli first.