Chelsea seem to be edging ahead in the race to sign coveted Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani.
According to Daily Mail, Chelsea held talks with Cavani’s representatives at the weekend and assuming all went well, The Blues would be expected to fork out upwards of £30million to sign the Napoli marksman.
Cavani has 26 goals this season, including one against Chelsea in the Champions League, and is said to be on the wish-list of Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, among others.
It is not surprising the forward has so many admirers and if the reports are true, then Chelsea should look to wrap up a deal sooner rather than later.
Cavani is an excellent player. He is tall and intelligent, but also deceptively quick. He is a fantastic finisher and brave in the air. He seems to be almost the complete striker, but whether he will handle the physicality and more importantly, the direct nature of Chelsea’s play, is another matter.
He will be in effect, a replacement for Didier Drogba, but where that leaves Fernando Torres, I don’t know. The Spaniard has been playing well and after ending his goal drought against Leicester it would have been nice to see him given a run of games.
Instead, he was dropped after the Man City game (in which he was Chelsea’s best attacking player) and brought on for 20 minutes against Spurs.
Torres was given no service in either game, and someone like Cavani won’t appreciate being a old-fashioned target man. Chelsea will need to re-shape their team, especially their midfield.
At the moment their midfield is almost non-existent in most games and a lot of the time they rely on a bit of magic from Daniel Sturridge or Juan Mata.
If they do sign Cavani, and it looks like they have got a good chance, lets hope they don’t squash his talent like they have done with attacking players in previous years.
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