Ligue 1 expert hints Edinson Cavani would struggle at United & Chelsea

The physicality of the Premier League may prevent Edinson Cavani from excelling at Manchester United or Chelsea.

Even though both first-team strikers that Paris Saint Germain are revered around the world due to their netbusting nature, it has been a season of contrasts for both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.

Valued at £25m by, veteran striker Ibrahimovic, 32, has returned ten goals from eight Champions League appearances this season, as well as 25 goals and 16 assists from 30 Ligue 1 outings - an attacking efficiency of an extraordinary and Lionel Messi-like goal or assist every 63 minutes he is on the pitch whilst on duty in the French division.

Cavani, 27, is only half as good. He has scored four goals from eight Champions League outings and, in Ligue 1 football, has returned either a goal (15 in total) or assist (five) every 101 minutes on average.

France football expert Eric Carriere, of Canal+, believes he has identified the problem.

"There has been physical and personal problems since the beginning of the calendar year. But it is not what is expected of him. Ibrahimovic even when he is not playing well can affect opposing teams by his mere physical presence - this is not the case with Cavani."

If Cavani is too lightweight for Ligue 1, then he cannot be expected to be more effective for a Premier League side, where the football is just as, if not more boisterous.

If the player wants to recapture his Napoli form, then either a return to Serie A or a transfer to La Liga would be the right move.

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