Arsenal are said to have held talks with Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, 31 August, on signing Edinson Cavani and Adrien Rabiot before the transfer window closes on Tuesday at 6pm UK time. Arsene Wenger is keen to bolster his squad and has targeted the Ligue 1 duo as the candidates to give the club a boost on the final day of the window.
According to the Daily Mail, talks were held between the two clubs, with the Gunners turning to the Uruguayan forward after admitting defeat in their pursuit of Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, who committed his future to the Spanish capital club. The French manager has been urged to sign a striker after Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, who are the only fit strikers for Arsenal at the moment, struggled to make an impact against Newcastle United on Saturday, 29 August.
PSG have insisted that Cavani is not for sale, with the president Nasser Al Khelaifi, making it clear that bids for the striker will not be entertained this summer. Cavani's agent Walter Guglielmone has also admitted that despite offers from top clubs, his client is happy to remain in the French capital after receiving assurances from Laurent Blanc that he will be offered his preferred playing position as a central striker, rather than a role in the wide areas like last season.
The move to a central striker's role already seems to be paying dividends for the striker and the club as Cavani scored a brace during PSG' 3-0 win over Monaco on Sunday, 30 August. Apart from the north London club, Premier League rivals Manchester United were also interested in the forward, according to The Guardian.
Rabiot, on the other hand, has been heavily scouted by the Gunners, and Wenger feels that he is an able backup for current first choice defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin. The French U21 international has been linked with a move away since last summer, but chose to stay and fight for his place by signing a new contract last November.
However, despite that, Rabiot has been linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 champions, after an impressive 2014/15 campaign. He was close to completing a move to AS Roma in January, but the move broke down at the last minute much to the disappointment of the midfielder. Tottenham are also keen on the Frenchman, according to talkSPORT, but will face competition from the Gunners for his signature, if he is allowed to leave before the window shuts.