Chelsea target move for £55m Manchester United striker target

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Chelsea appear to be targeting a move for Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, with The Sun claiming that Jose Mourinho has him on his summer wishlist as he prepares to spend heavily to solve his striker conundrum.

The same reports claim that the Blues could splash out as much as £40 million on a deal for a new forward, but that could be a bit of an issue is far as Cavani is concerned with speculation in January suggesting he could be worth at least £55 million.

Chelsea's problems in the striker department are well-documented. Although experienced Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o has improved steadily as he has adapted to the pace of the Premier League following his switch from Anzhi Makhachkala, he still cannot be relied upon as a long-term option given that his current contract expires at the end of the season.

Similarly, Chelsea fans have been frustrated with fellow frontmen Fernando Torres and Demba Ba. The former, who admittedly has shown signs of improvements since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge last summer, is too inconsistent while Ba, who was brought to West London last January by Rafael Benitez, has rarely been given an opportunity to prove himself in the starting XI.

26-year-old Cavani only joined Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain from Serie A outfit Napoli during the summer and he has notched 13 goals in 21 games so far this season.

Cavani was the subject of much transfer speculation during the recent January transfer window, with Manchester United having been linked with a big move for the Uruguayan international.

A move to Old Trafford never came to pass, however, with David Moyes eventually concluding a deal that saw Spanish playmaker Juan Mata join from Chelsea in a deal worth £37.1 million.

Whether Chelsea would face competition in the future for Cavani, remains to be seen. However, with their disastrous season veering from one disaster to the next following Saturday's abysmal 2-1 defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, Manchester United could clearly do with more player's of his caliber.

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