Top clubs across Europe are likely to be sitting up this morning amid the revelation that Benfica are ready to cash in on freescoring striker Oscar Cardozo.
The striker has been the focal point of their attack since 2007, and this season netted 31 goals in all competitions for the club.
Despite being 30, the Paraguayan remains an excellent option for a number of Premier League sides, and is just three months older than Robin van Persie.
He has been put up for sale after a disastrous end to Benfica's season which saw their treble hopes end without a single trophy, and it boiled over in the Portuguese Cup loss as he shoved manager Jorge Jesus.
Despite a public apology, the manager is in no need to forgive, and reports in Portugal have stated that the striker is now for sale.
Turkish side Fenerbahce are already said to be interested, but if Cardozo decided the Premier League was his best option, which sides could take an interest?
Here are five who just might...
Brendan Rodgers may soon have a lot of cash to spend, with Luis Suarez pushing for a move away from Anfield. While the manager has been busy bringing in young exciting talent, he will need a proven forward to replace the Uruguayan. Cardozo would be just that, with Benfica's dynamic playmakers of Aimar and Gaitan similar to the team Rodgers is trying to create, and the striker could likely slot right in and start scoring goals, while also allowing cash for Liverpool to spend on a younger prospect, with Cardozo alleviating the pressure.
Jose Mourinho knows the Portuguese transfer market well and is already considering swooping on Benfica for Nemanja Matic. Striker Cardozo could end up being the man to lead their attack with their pursuit of Lewandowski and Cavani looking less likely by the day, with Falcao already gone. Mario Gomez is about to sign with Napoli, so Cardozo could be just the next best thing, a striker who Lukaku could eventually phase out.
Manchester City are likely to mix it up this transfer window, and Manuel Pellegrini may well be keen to bring in fellow South American Cardozo, compatriot of Santa Cruz who played a key role for him at Malaga. This would only likely happen should Edin Dzeko be sold, with Cardozo's style and almost instant replacement for the Bosnian, and City could probably turn a profit on the transactions too.
West Ham have been making ambitious moves in the transfer market, approaching Alvaro Negredo only to be knocked back. They have committed £15 million towards Andy Carroll, but the striker is stalling on the deal. Should he turn them down, the Hammers will look to re-invest that money elsewhere and it could just be enough to secure Cardozo to lead their attack. Sam Allardyce has a track record of convincing top names to his sides and this would be one of his biggest coups.
It's no secret Spurs need a striker, and Leandro Damiao's admission he wants to play in the Champions League should see them focus attention elsewhere. Cardozo outscored Adebayor and Defoe combined this year and would add serious strength to the club's attack. While his age is a detracting factor, Tottenham are said to be willing to sign David Villa who is older and has recently spent several months out with a broken leg, so Cardozo should not be dismissed as an option, in fact he could just be a stroke of genius.
Would you like Cardozo at your club? Where do you think he will sign?
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