Is Cavani edin to the Premier League in the summer transfer window?
Against Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League last 16, PSG’s Edinson Cavani was impressive, even outshining Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Although he scored, the Uruguayan had done much more in the run-up. Cavani’s vision almost set up Blaise Matuidi in the first five minutes, with a deft disguised cross-shot, similar to the kind of assist he made for Luis Suarez’s goal against England in the World Cup.
The 28-year-old has an impressive 50 per cent record this season, netting 17 goals in 34 games across all competitions; not bad for someone who plays second-fiddle to someone of Ibrahimovic’s stature.
It remains to be seen whether Cavani will stay at PSG, though Coral are offering odds of 3/1 that he will join a Premier League side before the end of the transfer window. Read on as we discuss potential suitors.
With Robin van Persie now 31, Wayne Rooney dropped back into midfield, Danny Welbeck sold last summer, Javier Hernandez (on-loan at Real Madrid) likely to follow, Radamel Falcao’s temporary switch unlikely to be made permanent and James Wilson only 19, United could be in the hunt for a proven goalscorer this summer.
Cavani would suit the Old Trafford outfit and would complement Van Persie with his industry and unselfishness, though it remains to be seen how much club officials would be willing to spend, with PSG set to quote anywhere between £40m and £50m, and then there is the small matter of his wages which would exceed £150k-per-week. However, it is a problem area which Louis van Gaal needs to fix and fast. Could Cavani be the right answer?
It would have been prudent for Brendan Rodgers to sign the striker last summer to replace Suarez, which would have appeased fans and no doubt ensured the club progressed from the group stages of the Champions League. Hindsight is a wonderful thing in football.
Instead Rodgers opted for Mario Balotelli, signing him for £16m, though the Italian has showed why he was available for such a cheap price, having failed to make the desired impact so far. With Daniel Sturridge returning to form following an injury lay-off and Raheem Sterling getting better, adding Cavani to the attack may aid a title bid next season.
However, unless the Reds had Champions League football next term, the Uruguayan would take some convincing, which means Liverpool will need to win the Europa League to guarantee this.
Alexis Sanchez wanted to join the Gunners last summer, and what a compliment. If Cavani, who has been heavily linked to the club, also likes to play in a team whose philosophy is attractive football, then the north London side should have no problem convincing him.
With Olivier Giroud and Welbeck already there, though, and Yaya Sanogo to return from a loan stint at Crystal Palace, Arsene Wenger may think that the club don’t need him. However, Lukas Podolski may complete a permanent move to Inter Milan at the end of the season, and Santi Cazorla has reportedly agreed to join Atletico Madrid, which could reshuffle spaces in the squad somewhat.
One thing is for sure, Cavani will add quality and Arsenal could afford him.
Frighteningly, there would be space in Jose Mourinho’s squad for the Uruguayan, with Loic Remy rumoured to be surplus to requirements and Didier Drogba likely to join the coaching staff.
This leaves only the devastating Diego Costa, and rotating between him and Cavani every week could be too good an opportunity to refuse for Mourinho. Also able to play on the flank, he does have versatility, so the Blues could emerge as a serious option.
With Manuel Pellegrini’s side having recently spent £27m on Wilfried Bony, it is hard to see them splashing out again on someone of Cavani’s stature. However, if Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko, who have been linked with moves away from the club, do leave for considerable sums, City could well become a viable destination.
Playing alongside Sergio Aguero might be too enticing an opportunity to refuse, as well as the hefty wage packet that is sure to come Cavani’s way.