It's looking possible that Chelsea could pull off a major coup this summer by signing Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.
According to Sky Sports, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claims that the two parties can hold talks over a possible deal for the Uruguayan.
And if Chelsea manage to secure Cavani's services, they have every chance of becoming a major force in Europe.
There’s simply no hiding from the fact that there are some serious issues within the Chelsea dressing room, and none more blatant than the lack of quality striking options.
Chelsea are blessed with one of world football’s finest attacking trios with the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata at their disposal.
However, since the departure of their talismanic figure Dider Drogba two seasons ago, Chelsea have failed to find a player with the same flair in front of goal. The signings of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have been respectable but both have failed to live up to their respective values.
Chelsea are in desperate need of a player that will be able to score them at least 25 goals a season, and this makes Cavani an ideal candidate.
It’s as simple as this: Cavani scores goals.
Since joining Napoli the striker has managed to break the 30-goal mark in each of his three seasons at the Stadio San Paolo: 33 in his first two and 37 in his last. This is a remarkable goal-tally and one that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
This sort of production upfront would certainly help Chelsea quest for silverware next season. A combination of Cavani, Lukaku, Ba and Torres will offer Jose Mourinho more diversity and versatility on the frontline.
The Uruguayan is a player that scores every type of goal whether it be a header, tap-in, free-kick, long-range strike: the man can simply do it all.
Although many believe the 26-year-old is at his best as a poacher, one that is active in and around the penalty box. He has fantastic composure in front on goal and is very effective on the counter attack.
It’s most likely that Mourinho will operate a 4-2-3-1 system next season with Mata, Oscar and Hazard at the trio and either Cavani, Torres or Lukaku upfront.
Cavani and Lukaku will be able to hold up the ball and play balls off the ground linking up with the trio behind. This is reminiscent to the style that former star Drogba use to play - and what a success that proved to be.
With long-term Chelsea target Radamel Falcao taking his talents to AS Monaco, and Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowksi all but signed for European champions Bayern Munich, it appears that there are few of world football’s elite strikers left on the transfer market.
Chelsea should look at this as an urgent warning sign to make the Uruguayan a top priority this summer, with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City and Arsenal all looking for his signature, Chelsea must act fast to acquire the services of one Europe’s best goalscorers.
There has been growing concerns over whether the 26-year-old is financially viable. According to talkSPORT, Napoli president De Laurentiis announced that the Uruguayan will not be allowed to leave for anything less than his buy-out clause, which is set at €63m. Although this is a huge amount to pay the investment will be worthwhile. After all, there are not many better out-and-out strikers on the planet than Cavani
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