Serie A giants Juventus must land Edinson Cavani if they are to win the Champions League, according to former midfielder Mauro Camoranesi, reports Goal.com.
The Uruguayan forward has established himself as one of the best strikers in world football over the past few years, though could be forced out of Paris Saint-Germain having struggled to emerge from the shadow of club talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
And with the Old Lady having not lifted Europe’s most prestigious prize since 1996, landing a world class striker is said to be a priority with question marks lingering over the future of Carlos Tevez, who is keen on a summer return to first club Boca Juniors.
Cavani only left Serie A for Ligue 1 in the summer of 2013, but ever since has been repeatedly linked with a move away and could finally be on the move if the right club moves for him this summer.
He topped the goalscoring charts in his final season with Napoli, before then jumping ship to the French capital in a huge deal as Laurent Blanc set about building his dynasty around the club.
The Uruguayan netted a modest 25 goals in 45 appearances despite often being forced out wide to accommodate Ibrahimovic who occupied a more central role, but this term he has managed to find the net 15 times in all competitions.
Manchester United are also reportedly monitoring the situation given the lack of spark in Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie, and could make him their number one transfer target if neither manages to recapture their form in the coming weeks ahead.
Juventus have always possessed great forwards, with the likes of Filippo Inzaghi, Alessandro Del Piero and Tevez amongst their greatest in recent years.
But with Tevez known to harbour hopes of a return to his native homeland of Argentina, and Fernando Llorente’s qualities still questionable, manager Massimiliano Allegri may be forced to delve into the transfer market for a big name forward.
Alvaro Morata is finally making an impact having struggled since his summer move from Champions League holders Real Madrid, but the youngster’s own future is up in the air as Premier League duo Liverpool and Arsenal begin to circle.
Cavani’s proven goal record shows he could be a huge hit at Juventus, and that he has a point to prove could work in their favour given his hunger to be a central figure in earning success.
His signing could be just what the club need to end their agonising wait for European success. Allegri must make his move in the summer or risk the pain continuing as a result.