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Jose Mourinho must stop Arsenal signing Edinson Cavani

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Jose Mourinho has formed a Chelsea side capable of winning the 2014/15 Premier League title, but the Portuguese coach may find himself pipped to the post by Arsenal if he fails to prevent Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani joining the Gunners.

Reports claim Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident of signing the Uruguay international for a club-record £51 million fee - and, if the deal goes through, the north London outfit should be considered favourites to win the league title ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City.

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Cavani: Significant upgrade on Giroud

The Gunners possess a solid defence - bolstered by the additions of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers - arguably the best midfield in the Premier League, but a distinctly average strike-force.

However, a strike-force comprised of Olivier Giroud and the world-class Cavani would be enough to trouble any defence in England's top flight - and possible enough to fire Arsenal to their first league title since 2004.

Cavani, 27, is one of the best number nines in world football and boasts a phenomenal goalscoring record since leaving Palermo for Napoli in 2010.

The South American netted 104 goals in 138 matches for the Partenopei before earning a lucrative €64.5 million transfer to oil-rich PSG last summer. And while he might have endured a frustrating debut season at the Parc des Princes, at least on a personal level, the goals didn't dry up: the 6ft 2in striker finished the season having struck 25 times in 43 appearances.

These are stats rivalled only by the world's most clinical forwards. Compare to Giroud's record of 40 goals in 99 appearances for Arsenal - a reasonable return, but nothing special - and it's clear to see an obvious and stark difference in quality between the two players.

Cavani can help Arsenal win the league

In order to win the Premier League title, Arsenal need a new holding midfielder to shield the back four, and another quality striker. Cavani ticks all the boxes for the Gunners - and would do the same for Chelsea, too.

Jose Mourinho is interested in the Uruguayan - for obvious reasons - but may fail to justify shelling out a club-record fee after paying £32 million for Brazil-born Spain international Diego Costa, who has enjoyed a very encouraging pre-season with his new employers.

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Room for Cavani at Chelsea

Chelsea only play with one out-and-out striker, and the prospect of playing on Blues' right wing is unlikely to appeal to Cavani. After all, he became disillusioned last season after being deployed in the same position by PSG boss Laurent Blanc.

But the 2014/15 campaign will be another season where Chelsea comfortably play more than 60 matches, so rotation will be crucial if the Blues are to finish the season with silverware.

Fernando Torres is a pitiful striker these days and should have been sold by now, while Didier Drogba is well past his best.

It's clear, then, that there's a place for Cavani at Stamford Bridge.

And unless Mourinho moves to stop Wenger signing the world-class striker, he can kiss goodbye to his chances of sealing Chelsea's first Premier League title since 2010.

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Edinson Cavani
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Ligue 1
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