Edinson Cavani is one of the hottest properties in world football at the moment with Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid all reportedly showing interest.
It was thought that Chelsea were closing in on a £53m deal to bring the Uruguayan to South London - this has yet to be substantiated. They appear to have now fallen down the pecking order in this race to sign this prolific goal-scorer.
What makes Cavani so special? Although, he has only played in one major league in his career (Serie A), it appears that the Napoli forward has all the attributes to maintain his current form in just about any league in the world.
He is massively powerful, very quick, has bags of stamina and can score. Oh boy can he score! Whether it's with his left foot, right food, his head or from long-distance, there are few strikers who are as capable of finding the back of the net as the tall Uruguayan.
In total, he has scored 25 with his right foot, six with his left and seven with his head. Nine of those goals were also individual efforts made on an individual basis
A key point for any prospective buyer is that Cavani needs supply. Although he is an outstanding talent who can often create goals from nothing, he is at his best when he receives well distributed balls from either the wings or, ideally, a playmaker with the vision to allow Cavani to intercept defence-splitting balls.
This is where Chelsea are at their finest. Usually being deployed in a 4-2-3-1 formation (which Jose Mourinho looks set to continue with), Chelsea utilise a trio with an excellent eye for the key passes: Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar. With the additions of Marko Marin, Victor Moses and, most recently, Andre Schurrle, Chelsea have an attacking group with serious depth and quality.
There is just one problem.
Chelsea have yet to find a striker who can score 30+ goals a season and actually make use of the chances being proffered. Demba Ba, while a decent back-up striker is not the man to lead a title charge, which is something that Mourinho will be aiming for.
Fernando Torres has not had the best time of it at Chelsea, yet he is a world-class striker on his day and he did begin to show glimmerings of the former Liverpool star that once was. If Mourinho were to have these three strikers at his disposal, combined with his main attacking midfield trio, he would have one of the most deadly offensive lines in world football.
With his goal-scoring pedigree Cavani could be the man to turn Chelsea's fortunes around and bring them in to contention for Premier League, or even Champions League glory next season.
At 26, he has not even reached his prime, which is why the London club should spend whatever is necessary to acquire his services. It will be money well spent.
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