According to his father, Napoli sensation Edinson Cavani ‘has eyes’ for Real Madrid, but what about Chelsea or Manchester City?
The Uruguayan has been in impeccable form this season, scoring 25 goals in just 23 appearances for the Italian side. His form hasn’t gone unnoticed either.
His emergence as a 30-plus goals per season striker in Serie A has earned him suitors from all over the continent with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini one of his not-so-secret admirers.
"Madrid would be the ideal club for Cavani. Since he was a boy he has always had eyes for Real," his father told Marca TV.
At 25 years of age his career probably has one ‘big move’ left in it and the player currently has a £52 million buyout clause built into his contract with Napoli, meaning there are only a small handful of top clubs that could afford him.
Both Real Madrid and Manchester City happen to be two of those select few clubs – possibly along with Chelsea, Manchester United, and Barcelona.
We can get rid of Manchester United straight off the bat – they’ve brought in Robin van Persie for £24 million last summer and with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, they have absolutely no requirement for another centre-forward.
Chelsea do, despite having brought in Demba Ba from Newcastle this month – Fernando Torres still hasn’t made the grade at Stamford Bridge and they’ll almost certainly be back in the market for a 30 goals-a-season striker in the summer.
However, Radamel Falcao is the man the Blues have got their eyes on and Cavani would probably be considered a Plan B should they fail to secure the Columbian’s services in the summer.
Barcelona are not linked with any interest with the player and the fact that a player of David Villa’s quality can’t get into the starting line-up means they’re unlikely to bring in another forward. They simply don’t need one.
Ok, so back to where we started – Real Madrid or Manchester City?
Well, the Spanish champions certainly carry more prestige but their current meltdown leaves them under a cloud of uncertainty at present and with Jose Mourinho more than likely to pack his bags this summer, there probably be radical changes in personnel in the next couple of years. It’s not exactly the ideal situation for a new player to enter into.
However, much the same can be said of City – Mancini is under intense pressure since the Citizens early exit form the Champion’s League and their loss to title rivals United in the Manchester derby last year.
Mancini could be on his way out in the summer and with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli to contend with, Cavani might want to steer clear of Manchester all together, even if Balotelli finds himself frozen out or kicked out once and for all.
So, in conclusion, the best place for Edinson Cavani is probably Napoli – if it ain’t broke, why fix it?
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