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Edinson Cavani could make surprise Liverpool switch

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Liverpool are rumoured to be chasing PSG striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Reds seem to have missed out on AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, who prefers a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Brendan Rodgers sees Cavani as the best alternative.

After an initial loan enquiry on the Colombian striker, Liverpool could see themselves pay £10 million for one years service from the £51 million striker, who moved to Monaco at the start of last season.

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Falcao failure

However, the feeling at Anfield is that Falcao will return to Madrid, this time to play for rivals Real instead of Atletico previously. Instead, Cavani will be Liverpool's target as they look to replace his international team-mate Luis Suarez.

Liverpool currently find themselves in a situation with just two recognised strikers in Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert and are in desperate need of a third.

Reds fans have been calling for the club to spend the £75 million they received for the sale of Suarez to Barcelona on a top player, and Cavani could tick all the boxes in that respect. Cavani netted 16 times in Ligue 1 last season, playing second string to star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Nonetheless, Cavani seems keen for a move to the Premier League,

However, when big name players become available, it is not usually just one top club who chases them. Arsenal also are rumoured to pounce on Cavani, as Arsene Wenger seems to be frustrated with striker Olivier Giroud.

What would Cavani offer?

Cavani would join the Reds bringing a vast wealth of experience to the club. He is one of Europe's most prolific goal scorers, as displayed when competing for Napoli and PSG, and one imagines he would be no different at Liverpool.

The Uruguayan also has Champions League experience, something that not many players in the Liverpool side have in their arsenal. His experience in Europe's elite competition would aid both Rodgers and his potential new team-mates.

In terms of Cavani's skill set he is deadly in front of goal, having netting 179 goals in 328 career games. That weighs up to a goal more than every other games, which highlights his accuracy and coolness in front of the net.

Furthermore, he also has an excellent touch and likes to keep the ball on the floor. This would immediately make him a favourite at Anfield, as his ability to knock the ball around on the deck is exactly the style that is played by Rodgers' side.

No need to spend so much?

Cavani arrived in Paris last season for a fee of £55 million. If Liverpool want to bring the striker to Merseyside, it is likely they will have to pay a similar if not higher fee.

Liverpool already have Sturridge, who's time at Anfield has been prolific, having netted 35 times in 49 appearances. Wilfred Bony is a striker that Liverpool have also been targeting. He's available for £19 million, which would be a significantly lower amount than what Cavani's release fee would likely be.

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Edinson Cavani
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