Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has publicised his interest in Napoli talisman Edinson Cavani and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, Sky Sports understands.
Cavani, 25, has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Manchester City in recent months, with City thought to be the favourites to land the signature of the Uruguay international.
Meanwhile, Manchester United remain the odds-on favourite to sign 20-year-old forward Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, according to the bookmakers.
With the Theo Walcott contract saga finally nearing a close, expect the Gunners boss to turn his attention to the transfer market.
“Cavani is a player that I like. Will he cost a lot of money? That’s for sure. Nobody would deny that. Our banker lives just next to me at the moment and he is ready if we find the right player,” said the Frenchman.
Regarding Zaha, Wenger added: “We are looking at him, but at the moment we have not made any bid for him.
“I don’t know if Manchester United are in for him. Anyway, if you call any club for any player, they will tell you Man United, Milan, Real Madrid are as well in for him, but it is always difficult to know if it is true or not.”
Wenger has yet to add to his squad following the reopening of the transfer window at the turn of the new year, but there is a tactical reason for that.
The Frenchman revealed that prices tend to start high and go down in the last week of the transfer window, with the bulk of the business oftentimes going down in the last 48 hours, but there are always exceptions.
“The prices always go up at the start of the transfer market and go down in the last week,” revealed Wenger.
“Sometimes as well they go up in the last week, but it depends. Most of the time they go down in the last week and you know as well that 90 per cent of transfer activity happens in the last week, if not in the last 48 hours.”
Arsenal are still rumoured to be contenders for the signature of Wilfried Zaha despite Manchester United’s confirmed interest in the player, but Cavani may be outside the Gunners’ pay grade, with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis having rejected a €55 million offer — from an unnamed club — for the 25-year-old striker in the summer.
According to reports, Cavani has a €63 million release clause in his current contract.
Gala reveal going rate for Sneijder
Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray have revealed that the going rate for Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder is €7.5 million, Sky Sports reports.
Sneijder, 28, is reportedly attracting interest from a bevy of English Premier League clubs, including Liverpool.
Inter Milan and Galatasaray have already reached an agreement, worth €7.5 million, for Sneijder, but the 28-year-old Holland international has not made up his mind regarding a potential move to Turkey.
“We’ll wait another three or four days for Sneijder,” said Gala president Unal Aysal.
“If the deal collapses, we have alternatives. The figures quoted in the media are wrong. Our deal with Inter is worth €7.5 million.
Galatasaray have offered Sneijder, who is the No. 1 transfer target for manager Fatih Terim in the winter transfer window, wages less than €5.5 million per season, according to Aysal.