Edinson Cavani is a tall, powerful striker feared for his ruthless finishing. In the form of his life at the moment after notching an astonishing 27 goals in 32 appearances this season, he is not only a brilliant striker but he also bears a fantastic work-rate, something which would be commended under Mancini. Aerially impressive as well as bearing an incredible right foot, he has set Serie A alight this season with 18 Goals ensuring his status as top scorer. The only shame was that he couldn’t show case his talents in the Champions League like he did last season after Napoli failed to make the top 3. Blues and Chelsea fans alike will tell you all about the ruthless Uruguayan who struck 4 times against both teams in last season’s Champions League campaign. Now being the undisputed star man of this counter-attacking Napoli team after Lavezzi’s sale, he has fired them to an unlikely title charge. Though the title race was all but over with his team’s 1 – 1 draw with Juventus, many of Europe’s biggest teams have taken note of his stunning performances.
Along with Real Madrid, Manchester City have taken a keen interest in him with Mancini claiming “he likes him” and that he is “good enough to play in England”. It is almost certain that Edinson will top Mancini’s transfer list come this summer. His rumoured buy-out clause is said to be a whopping £54m after signing a contract back in 2011 but what he knows is that we can offer higher wages and promise consistent title and European challenges unlike his Napoli counterparts. Cavani has publicly admitted he is a fan of the Premier league and that English clubs should not be “put off by his price tag”.
Convincing him won’t be the major problem this summer – Real Madrid will be. Whether you like it or not, Blues must be aware that if Madrid want someone than they usually get him. Their notoriously successful techniques of tapping up players and hijacking deals should be noted by Txiki and Soriano when they attempt to bring Edinson to the Etihad. They are one of few clubs in the world that can match us for transfer fees and player wages and the fact that Madrid’s current forwards, Benzema and Higuain, only have 24 goals between them this season is another reason to be worried.
Cavani, still 26, would slot perfectly into this team, taking up the ‘Dzeko role’ or the inevitable Dzeko shaped gap in the team. Silva and Aguero could play off him from a deeper position utilizing his excellent ability to hold the ball up. The physical style of the Premier League will suit him as he knows he can take advantage of its more tolerant rules to exercise his supreme physical attributes. His purchase, however, would signify a more direct approach from Mancini since he would like to play to his strengths. Cavani thrives on long aerial balls rather than have the ball played to his feet which makes sense considering he averages a lowly 1.1 dribbles per game in Serie A. But his conversation rate, which stands at an exceptional goal for every 4.1 shots, is in direct correlation with the clever runs he makes.
Cavani would be a refreshing addition to this squad, injecting some much-need vibrancy as well as providing a different type of goal threat. As I’ve said before, a world-class ruthless striker doesn’t hurt anyone and Edinson Cavani is definitely in that bracket.