Chelsea look set to make a move for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, raising questions over the future role of Fernando Torres.
It remains likely that Di Matteo will field a solitary striker, with two supporting players. With Hazard, Mata, and Sturridge already suited to these wide positions, Chelsea’s move for such a big-name striker (with Lukaku hoping to emerge from the shadows) is perhaps a surprising one.
However, Di Matteo has already made it clear that Torres in not a guaranteed first choice, even though he is the only real centre forward left in the squad. They will certainly need another striker in their ranks when the season begins, but Cavani – priced at £35 million and £150k pwk wages – could put the Chelsea manager in a difficult position.
It would leave him with £85 million worth of superstar forwards, but only one position to fill (presumably). The move for such a high profile signing indicates that Torres could be fielded in one of the wider positions.
Edinson Cavani comes off the back of an excellent season with Napoli, helping them to a 4th place finish with 26 goals in 34 games. His fantastic form is well suited to Chelsea, who are likely to field Cavani in a similar formation to the one he flourished in in Italy. With Lavezzi and Hamsik behind him at Napoli, Cavani will find himself in the same role at Stamford Bridge with Hazard and Mata in the deeper supporting positions (or Torres?).
The Torres issue aside, the transfer – as long as it is financially viable – would be yet another great move for Chelsea, whose squad has transformed overnight from an ageing team of Mourinho era has-beens, into a young and exciting side with a flair and hunger that could reignite their title aspirations.
Perhaps Cavani and Torres cannot play in the same team together, but perhaps Di Matteo doesn’t expect them to. It would certainly make for one of football’s happy dilemmas, whilst further bolstering the attacking thrust of the new-look Chelsea.
Alex Keble runs www.thechalkboard.org.uk, a website that gives in-depth tactical analysis of the weekend’s football action, offering match reports with statistics, diagrams, and intellectual insight into the modern game. Follow @ak_chalkboardLike what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!