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Five reasons Chelsea must spend €60 million on Edinson Cavani

Chelsea have been strongly linked with a move for Edinson Cavani over the past few days.

Here are five reasons why he is worth the big money...

1) Chelsea need an elite striker - And he is it

Fernando Torres should have been the man for Chelsea, but the past two-and-a-half seasons have shown he no longer possesses the consistency required to lead a title challenge. Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba are expected to be bit-part players, with a top striker expected to be brought in. With the talent of Mata, Hazard, Oscar and even Schurrle and De Bruyne, Chelsea need a clinical finisher to feed off that amazing supply line and Cavani is just that man. They have already missed out on Falcao, and should not hang about in their pursuit of his fellow South American.

2) His incredible strike rate

Cavani has an incredible strike rate, proved over a number of seasons at Napoli. This season he netted 38 goals for the club, including 29 in Serie A. In 2011/12 he scored 33 goals, and the same figure of 33 a year before. That is more than 100 goals across three seasons, a staggering level of consistency which can take Chelsea to the next level.

3) He is a proven big game player

Cavani is no flat-track bully, and regularly scores his goals in important matches, as he showed with his brace in the Champions League against Chelsea a little over a year ago. This season in Serie A he hit devastating hat-tricks over Lazio, Roma and Inter Milan, the level of opponents an instant sign of his ability to be relied on in the important games.

4) At 26 his peak years are ahead of him

Incredibly, Edinson Cavani is only likely to get even better. He remains just 26-years-old, and Chelsea will be buying a player who could lead them for the best part of the next five to 10 years. This is no short-term gamble like Manchester United were accused of doing on Robin van Persie last summer, this is an investment in a game changing striker who could even outlast Jose Mourinho as manager.

5) Cavani will be motivated to win trophies

Cavani has performed fantastically well at Napoli, but in terms of trophies he has only the 2012 Coppa Italia to show for it. By moving to Chelsea he can enhance his chances of winning honours, including league titles and even European silverware. The fact he still has a lot to achieve, means Chelsea will be signing a highly motivated striker who will not want to let his opportunity pass him by.

Do you think Chelsea will push through the deal?

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