The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperately hoping their side can sneak into the top-four during the final week of the season to finish a disappointing season on an unlikely high.
Antonio Conte’s side have mounted a tepid defence of their Premier League title this season despite beginning the season in a relatively promising fashion. Chelsea’s demise has been a feature of the second-half of the season, and with just two fixtures left to play it seems they could be set to pay the ultimate price for their shortcomings.
The new Premier League champions Manchester City have been ominously superior to Chelsea this season – a fact which could ultimately contribute to Conte’s departure this summer. But Conte might not be the only key figure to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, as Tuttosport (via Metro) believe that Alvaro Morata could be set to return to Juventus this summer just one season after joining Chelsea from the Old Lady.
Morata’s departure would not be overly surprising considering the extent of his struggle to adapt to life in the Premier League, but it would be a massive shame considering both his price-tag and his potential to become a prolific striker in English football. However, the disappointment would not last too long if Tuttosport are correct in claiming that Chelsea would pursue the signature of Edinson Cavani in the event of Morata’s departure.
Although Cavani (valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt) is 31-years-old, he is showing little sign of reaching his sell by-date in Ligue 1 at the spearhead of PSG’s attack. In 47 fixtures this season, Cavani has managed to score a whopping 39 goals – including 7 from 8 in the Champions League.
The Uruguayan international’s record in both Serie A with Napoli and Ligue 1 with PSG proves he is about as clinical as they come and, although it would take an extortionate fee to prise him away from the French capital, Chelsea would be foolish not to consider making a bid for his services this summer.
A striker of Cavani’s prestige would give the Blues a huge boost in their quest to narrow the gulf in class between themselves and Pep Guardiola’s dominant Man City side next season, so the club should do everything in their power to sign him this summer if Morata returns to Italy.
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