Cavani has long been linked with United and Chelsea
Cavani has long been linked with United and Chelsea

PSG’s interest in Alexis Sanchez could become major blow for Manchester United and Chelsea’s transfer plan.

AS Chile reports the Ligue 1 champions have identified the Arsenal hitman as a potential replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

However, the report also suggests PSG hope this deal will ultimately persuade Edinson Cavani to remain at the club.

Cavani is reportedly not yet settled at the Parc des Princes after being played out of position to accommodate Ibrahimovic and he has recently hinted to decide his future at the end of this season.

But the arrival of Alexis Sanchez would give the opportunity to deploy  Cavani more centrally and PSG believes the Arsenal star as the perfect partner for the Uruguayan.

Cavani’s current situation has seen him heavily linked with a move away from Paris and both Manchester United and Chelsea are desperate to bring him to the Premier League. The 29-year-old striker is said to be valued at 40 million pounds.

On Monday, Cavani revealed he would be open to staying at PSG if the situation is right for him.

“At the end of the season, we will discuss my situation with the president. I am ready to continue with PSG,” he told Telefoot.

“I have gone through three difficult seasons at PSG, but the support of the fans is important. I am very happy with Ibrahimovic’s form and that he helps the team move forward.

“It is a very difficult moment for me, but I believe in myself. I am looking towards the future.”

After a merely slow start to this season, Sanchez started to burst into life in the Premier League, and managed seven goals in four matches including a goal in the Champions League against Olympiakos.

Then came the deep in form period. The causes for what exactly happened in the ensuing weeks are still not clear. It could be the rest Sanchez enjoyed in the December-January period, it could be his fitness, it could be something in his personal life that is what affecting his confidence on the field.

But one thing is for sure: he has only scored four times, only once in the Premier League, since the mid-October, 2015.

The reason why Alexis is singled out is not due to some poor form for a few games, or some bad misses in the most recent fixtures.

It’s because he was supposed to be the man leading from the front at Arsenal, and right now he is far, far from that point.

The most likely reason the Chilean’s underperformance is that spell he had on the sidelines in the turn of 2016, which started on December 5th. Since then, his goals came against Burnley in the FA Cup, and against Spurs in the most recent Premier League North London derby.

Prior to his fitness problems in December 2015, Sanchez was exceptionally accurate with 55 percent of his shots in 14 league appearances. Since his return to the first team in Premier League, he’s only put 35 percent of his shots on target.

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