The rumours surrounding summer exits for Napoli’s two hot-shots Edison Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi refuse to go away as both South American’s continue to dominate Serie A and Europe.
The Daily Mail reports Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has offered this warning to the vultures which are beginning to circle over the Stadio San Paolo:
“Right now everyone wants Cavani and Lavezzi but we are not looking to sell.
We are not using our players for the transfer market.
But if some crazy guy wants to put down £100million, then, maybe”.
Money-bags Manchester City are amongst the favourites for the duos signatures but Chelsea have also been linked with summer moves as they aim at a return to the Premier League summit.
Man City seems to be linked with every striker on the planet right now as they will certainly be looking to replace Argentine bad-boy Carlos Tevez. Cavani, Higuain,Van Persie etc. How many strikers can one team want, especially considering they only play one central striker.
Chelsea on the other hand has a desperate need for a world class centre forward. With the ageing Didier Drogba and £50m flop Fernando Torres their only options a summer arrival of a multi-million pound forward seems inevitable. Will Roman Abramovich fork out £100m to get the Napoli duo, it seems unlikely especially considering he has concentrated on shipping out some of clubs high-earners, which surely Cavani and Lavezzi would become if they joined the Chelsea ranks.
Any club wishing to sign Cavani, Lavezzi, or both will face stiff competition from Napoli as they seem desperate to hang on to their biggest stars and from other major European clubs.
This competition results in only one thing, over-priced and over-paid players. In order to stave off competition from Europe’s elite any club must be willing to meet the £50m asking price for one player or £100m price for both but also be willing to double if not treble their current wages.
When a player/players are in such demand I think it’s best to steer clear and look elsewhere at cheaper but equally as important options. For example, Higuain and Cavani will probably be the two most in demand strikers this summer, provided Van Persie signs a new deal at Arsenal, which means clubs will battle it out trying to one-up each other both on the transfer fee and the players wages meaning eventually the victorious club would have paid £10m more than the players worth and most likely be paying him something ridiculous like £200,000 a week!
Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich has scored 11 hat-tricks in his last 17 matches for the German giants including four goals against Basel in the Champions League. Instead of aiming for the media hot-shots like Higuain and Cavani why not go for a player like Gomez or Llorente who at the right club can be world class centre forwards that don’t cost the earth but fly under the radar of clubs looking to sign poster boys.
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