Chelsea could be set to increase the summer spending after it was reported that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is prepared to let star striker Edinson Cavani leave the club.
Until now De Laurentiis has refused to entertain the idea of the Uruguayan leaving San Paolo but Italian news organisation Sports Mediaset claim an unknown Italian agent has been advised to open talks with a Premier League club.
Cavani is one of the most sought after strikers in Europe and Chelsea have long been admirers. The Blues will have to dig deep to bring the forward to Stamford Bridge. De Laurentiis has slapped a £78m valuation on Cavani who reportedly wants £150, 000 a week.
It’s been a recurring rumour of the summer and it is hard to know whether there is any substance to it. Clearly Chelsea would love to have the talents of Cavani at their disposal, but perhaps not for the price being quoted.
Equally, should the rumours come to fruition it is a transfer that could cause more questions than answers with regards to Roberto Di Matteo’s selection policy.
Chelsea splashed out £20 million on emerging talent Romelu Lukaku last summer. The 19-year-old is very much in the Didier Drogba mould and with his departure would hope feature more. Cavani’s arrival would severely limit his and Daniel Sturridges opportunities.
Then there is Fernando Torres. Now unequivocally the Blues first choice striker many expect him to be back to his best this season. While Chelsea would love to have two world class strikers, they play with a lone forward and it represents a huge selection headache. The likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard will get goals in support of Torres which begs the question is it therefore a selection headache worth having?
But and it is a big but, Cavani is one of the most talented forwards in Europe and judging solely on ability he would be a fantastic signing. It remains to be seen if it will happen but there are countless reasons as to why the Champions League winners should sign him. Below are just three.
- Quite simply, Cavani guarantees goals. He grabbed 33 goals in all competitions last season and has netted an impressive 64 times in two years at Napoli. Whether it’s tap ins or screamers, the Uruguay international is certain to find the net on a regular basis and has proven himself to be one of the most prolific strikers in Europe.
- Cavani has the perfect combination of height, strength and speed. At 6’2 he is more than capable of adapting to life in the physically demanding Premier League. A constant threat from set pieces, the powerful forward is as prolific in the air as he is on the floor and is excellent at holding the ball up. With such physical attributes Cavani would be ideal to spearhead Chelsea’s attack and could fill the imposing void left by Didier Drogba.
- His goal scoring exploits aside, Cavani is known for his tireless work rate. Evidently a huge believer in a striker being the first line of defence, ‘El Matador’ is a willing runner who works hard for the team. You will not find him waiting on for his team mates to provide chances on a plate and in Chelsea’s 4-3-3 formation, with a number of attack minded midfielders, his willingness to help out in defence and off the ball movement when attacking would be ideal.