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Wenger won't be held to ransom over Cavani

ESPN staff
January 18, 2013
Arsene Wenger won't pay over the odds for Edinson Cavani © PA Photos

Arsene Wenger has reiterated his desire to strengthen his Arsenal squad this month but warned he will not pay over the odds for any player.

The Gunners boss recently admitted his interest in Napoli striker Edinson Cavani but admitted Arsenal may not be able to afford the Uruguay international.

With Arsenal in danger of missing out on next season's Champions League, Wenger also revealed any spending in the transfer window would be done with the potential financial loss of finishing outside the top four in mind.

"Listen, [with regards to] Cavani; Napoli are playing for the title and the Champions League in Italy," Wenger told the club's official website. "What is Napoli's interest in selling Cavani? None, unless you say, 'OK, we will pay twice the price of what the player is worth'.

"We can spend money if it is for a player we think gives us a plus. We can strengthen everywhere. You can come out of any game and think, 'We gave some cheap goals away against Manchester City'. At the moment it is more important that the team remains focused. If we find something, we will do it.

"On top of that, all the players who can strengthen us are cup-tied in the Champions League. Even if you buy somebody, you have no guarantee that you will be in the top four. We want to be in the top four of course. That's the priority."

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