Transfer Bin: Chelsea linked with move for £55m striker Cavani

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Speculation has once again linked Chelsea with a move to sign Edinson Cavani today - but this ends up in our transfer bin.

The Blues ended Jose Mourinho's first season back at Stamford Bridge without a trophy, and that was largely down to the poor goalscoring return from strikers Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres. From that underwhelming trio, only Torres remains after Eto'o's contract expired and Ba was sold to Turkish side Besiktas.

Mourinho has now brought in Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa to play the role of lone striker, but with just Torres behind him - who has been a staggering failure since his 2011 move from Liverpool - he must now seek to bring in another centre forward to add cover and competition for places.

Fenerbahce's Emmanuel Emenike is a name that was strongly linked during the World Cup, but now reports suggest that Mourinho has turned his attentions back towards Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani - but the possibility of any deal on that front seems incredibly unlikely.

The Uruguayan moved to the French capital last summer in a £55m deal from Napoli, but found himself shoehorned into the side as a winger rather than as a centre forward as Laurent Blanc tried to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic as his lone front man. Cavani, 27, was then reportedly unhappy at his role in the team and that led to speculation of a move to either Manchester United or Chelsea earlier this summer.

However, with Costa now in place after his £32m move, it would mean Chelsea splashing out in excess of £50m to land another striker. Of course, the position needs an overhaul but over £80m on strikers seems foolish, particularly given that they could also lose central defenders and midfielders.

Factor in that if Cavani did sign, then one of he or Costa would have to make do with a place on the bench and it becomes even more unlikely. Costa hit 35 goals last season and will be expecting a key role at Stamford Bridge, whilst Cavani would command an even bigger price tag - leaving Mourinho to deal with at least one unhappy player.

Cavani is an great player with a tremendous work rate and goalscoring record, and whilst it made sense for Chelsea to target him before Costa's arrival, it doesn't anymore.

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