Napoli striker Edinson Cavani has hinted he could be on the move this summer, with Manchester City and Chelsea the Premier League clubs most strongly linked, while Arsene Wenger is an admirer, but which club would suit him best?
The 26-year-old Uruguayan has been in sensational form this term for the Serie A side form whom he’s scored 29 goals in all competitions. Subsequently, his form has attracted a number of suitors on the continent.
At present he is linked with ‘interest’ from Chelsea, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City, and Real Madrid. I think a move to the Spanish or French capital would likely be his preference but, should he consider a move to the Premier League, there is a real conundrum.
Chelsea are the champions of Europe (albeit not for much longer) but they, along with their London rivals Arsenal, are not yet guaranteed Champions League qualification.
Manchester City will almost certainly feature in the continent’s most prestigious competition next term but their title ambitions have all but faded away. They are still, however, the reigning champions of England.
Arsenal are not champions of anything and haven’t been for a number of years now. However, there does now seem to be an impetus from the club and the manager to cure their ills this summer. It is mooted that Arsene Wenger will spend up to £70 million to re-invest and rebuild his squad.
All three English teams will likely require the services of top goalscorer and there are only a handful of strikers available at the quality of Cavani – he is, along with Radamel Falcao, Stefan Jovetic, Neymar and Burak Yilmaz, one of the most wanted men in football presently.
Chelsea need a forward to replace Didier Drogba – they will likely offload perpetual flop Fernando Torres and they cannot reply solely on Demba Ba. I would fully expect they will be prepared to throw £40 million at any club to bring in one of the players mentioned above.
Much the same can be said for City – Roberto Mancini needs to find a replacement for Mario Balotelli and possibly Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero who are all linked with departures from the Etihad.
I can’t imagine that all of them will leave but I wouldn’t be remotely surprised if one or two of that trio went elsewhere.
Arsenal, meanwhile, have only one recognized centre-forward in Olivier Giroud who, despite having made considerable progress in his debut Premier League season is still not finished article capable of replacing Robin van Persie for the Gunners.
I would hazard a guess that Jovetic will be Wenger’s primary target this summer but Cavani will surely be on his shortlist.
I don’t think Cavani would choose the Emirates, given the option. I believe if he leaves Napoli, his style of play and his physicality would ideally suit the Blues – the Chelsea Blues.
He would fit the bill of a Drogba successor and, whilst I believe Falcao will be Roman Abramovich’s number one target, I think Cavani will be quite easy to lure to Stamford Bridge.
Whether Mancini keeps his job or not in Manchester remains to be seen but, regardless, I would expect there to be a bid (a high one) for Cavani. It may come down to Napoli’s resolve on how much is enough for their star man. If a bidding war ensues, I would expect Chelsea to emerge victorious.
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