The next 180 minutes of European football for Edinson Cavani could be the biggest audition of his life. Two matches against long-time admirers Chelsea, and if the Uruguayan striker can impress Jose Mourinho, then he just might be lucky enough to receive a bid from the London giants.
Although the 27-year-old has played for Napoli in Serie A, and now for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, he career has yet to even begin since he hasn’t been tested in the world-class arena of the English Premier League.
Cavani may be getting ready to represent his country in the World Cup for the second time – finishing 3rd in his 1st attempt – but that would pale in comparison to the thought of lining up in the majestic blue of Chelsea as they travel to face newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moor next season.
In his final year in Italy the striker scored 29 goals for Napoli and this, his first season for PSG, although being played in a wider role, he has managed to score 14 league goals. He has certainely justified the €64 million fee that the Parisians shelled out last summer, but obviously if Chelsea or any other English side made a bid of around £60 million, the French club would accept it instantly and lose one of European football’s best forwards for the gain of a couple of million.
Why would any international forward be content to continue his career in France, challenge for the Champions League for the next few years and eventually become the figure head of one of Europe’s biggest sides?
In fairness, the Uruguayan striker has for the first time aired his discontent at the way in which PSG have been playing this season.
"Playing in 4-4-2 was my vision of the team when I joined Paris. It is one of the arguments that motivated me to sign in that club. Let’s terminate Le Championnat and we will see what will happen.”
He was coy about his future when speaking to L’Equipe “Will I remain at Paris next term? We will see at the end of the season,"
"I am fine in Paris, but obviously there are things we have to talk about with the club, things we need to do in a different way."
Laurent Blanc has stuck to his 4-3-3 formation for most of the season, when asked about it, Cavani said: "Of course it is not easy. Playing besides players like Zlatan, Thiago Silva, Thiago Motta or Lavezzi is great for any player.
"But for a forward used to scoring and which has to do defensive tasks now, it is not easy.”
This is not exactly the come and get me plea that the English press would want Chelsea or Manchester United fans to believe. How many players in the past have been quoted with lines that obviously insist that they have leave their current club, only for them to stay. Hello Steven Gerrard.
It would be a great surprise if Cavani left Paris this summer, for PSG to entertain a move the gaining club would need to spend around £80 million, and that is just not going to happen for a soon to be 28-year-old striker playing in the back waters of French football.