Edinson Cavani has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in recent weeks, and it’s easy to see why the Uruguayan international appeals to the Blues.
The 25-year-old has hit double figures in the last four Serie ‘A’ seasons – two with Palermo and now two with Napoli – and offers much more than just goals.
His improved form at the Stadio Renzo Barbera led to a move to Naples in the summer of 2010, and he has since flourished under Walter Mazzarri, helping the club reach the Champions League last season and win the Coppa Italia a couple of months back.
Having put himself in the shop window with his performances – notably against Chelsea in the first leg of their European Cup last 16 clash – it now appears that the former Danubio starlet is ready to move on from Italy.
With so many big names leaving, Serie ‘A’ is no longer the league it once was. Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be the latest to hit the exit door – as is expected tomorrow – and there are question marks over just how big the Italian top flight really is now.
That could give Chelsea the chance to pounce, and providing they can make the player one of the highest-paid in west London, the Daily Mail claims Cavani is ready to call Stamford Bridge home.
Excellent in the air, Cavani has power and strength to hold off defenders, as well as a decent turn of pace to get past a man if the opportunity arises. He’s also more than capable of finding the back of the net, as the stats show.
Roberto Di Matteo might need to work on a few issues mind you, with Cavani a modern-day striker who likes to drop deep to get involved in the play as often as possible. His passing can be wasteful, so it isn’t always ideal to get him working backwards.
The positives far outweigh the negatives, however, and if a deal can be agreed between the two parties, it could also have a huge impact on Fernando Torres.
After arriving from Liverpool for a club-record £50 million, the Spaniard struggled for form in his first 12 months with the Blues, but started to show glimpses of old towards the back-end of last season.
With Didier Drogba now gone and the Euro 2012 Golden Boot wrapped up, the striker’s confidence should be at an all-time high.
Cavani has shown alongside Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi that he’s more than capable of getting other top players involved, and unlike Drogba would be a much more comfortable foil for the former Atletico Madrid star.
Together, the pair would be recognised as one of the most dangerous striker-forces in the top flight, and would spearhead the Blues' challenge for European glory once again.
With Drogba gone, owner Roman Abramovich knows a replacement is needed. Romelu Lukaku is for the future, whilst new signings Eden Hazard and Marvin Martin will play in either an attacking midfield or wide position.
Cavani would be a logical replacement up-front, and Torres should be hoping and praying that a deal can be done sooner rather than later.