It finally seems like an end is in sight in terms of the Cavani saga and as long as Chelsea don’t screw up the negotiations, they seem to be in pole position to push through a deal when the transfer window opens next month.
He would represent the superstar, key striker signing which Chelsea would need next season to push on and break the recent dominance of the two Manchester clubs in terms of the Premier League.
“There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani. They will call me in the next few hours. I will be delighted if he stays but if he leaves then he will be adequately replaced,” said Aurelio De Laurentiis.
It’s the most significant piece of news for the club so far during the close season, other than the high profile return of Jose Mourinho.
What Cavani will guarantee Mourinho is goals and goals against the big teams.
His recent record speaks for itself; 29 goals last season, 23 goals over the 2011/2012 season, 26 goals in the 2010/2011 season and 27 goals for Palermo in the two seasons before he made the switch to Napoli.
So it’s very clear he knows how to find the back of the net and that’s all Mourinho will be asking him to do.
We’ve seen from some of his performances in Europe that he’s at his very best when he’s fed the ball, in behind the defence, into pockets of space but also into feet when he has the space to turn and run at a defender.
Chelsea have the perfect side to play to his natural attacking qualities, so long as Mourinho doesn’t go and do something stupid like selling Juan Mata.
Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar can create chances for Cavani to score on a weekly basis.
So long as Mourinho doesn’t jeopardise any part of the current Chelsea side then if they tie Cavani down on a good deal, they should win the Premier League next season.
Think about how much difference an extra 25 Premier League goals would have made to the club last season in matches where they struggled and in matches where they were outplayed.
Cavani would complete a quartet of strikers in himself, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku that could dominate next year and that doesn’t even take into account the highly talented Victor Moses.
Cavani is almost the complete striker. He’s good with the ball at his feet, his movement is superb and he’s big enough that can be a threat aerially in English football.
He’s the best possible striker that Chelsea could go out and buy which makes it very important they give Napoli anything they want to get him now they have a foot through the door.
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