Chelsea Transfer Rumors: Why Edinson Cavani Is Not Right for Stamford Bridge

Chris Stephens@@chris_stephens6Correspondent IIAugust 13, 2012

Chelsea is rumored to have interest in acquiring striker Edinson Cavani.
Chelsea is rumored to have interest in acquiring striker Edinson Cavani.Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Chelsea is wasting their time going after striker Edinson Cavani.

Reports have surfaced that the Blues are going after the Napoli player (per the Daily Mail), but, is it the right move for Chelsea?

With the loss of Didier Drogba, the club does indeed need a striker, but Cavani is not the right choice. Although he's a great player, one of my concerns is that it would cost the Blues too much to pry him away from Napoli.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport (per, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said that if the price were right, he would sell Cavani.

If we receive a mega offer for Cavani then I will not be able to hold back. For now, no club has offered me the money I'm asking for.

With other clubs sure to be interested Cavani, it could turn into a bidding war—and that is something Roman Abramovich doesn't want to take part in.

If the price gets high enough, Abramovich is going to have a hard time filling the other holes in the Blues lineup.

After finishing sixth in the Premier League last year, the Blues showed they have places on the pitch that need improvement outside of striker. While they showed they were better than many of the teams in the Premier League, they struggled with the top three teams in the league, going 1-3-2.

That can all change heading into the 2012-13 Premier League season, but only if the right moves are made.



As we've seen multiple times across the Premier League (and other sports), the more lucrative teams attempt to buy championships. However, sometimes, that's not the best for a given team.

In Chelsea's case, I believe buying Cavani is not the best thing for the team.

Cavani is a great player and is worth any amount of money you pay him. Nevertheless, to buy him from Napoli would be a knee-jerk reaction to losing Drogba—especially considering Chelsea already have a player in house.

Fernando Torres deserves another chance to be the go-to striker for Chelsea. Before you jump all over me for this, here's a stat for you as reported by Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Allan Jiang:

In 58 percent of Torres' games for the Blues, he either started as a sub or was subbed off. No wonder his goal scoring stats are so bad.

The allure of signing the world-class Edinson Cavani overshadows the possibility of Torres finally becoming good. We're talking about Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar providing through balls to Torres.

The Blues have the ability to be better by keeping Torres on the pitch. Improvements can be made in other areas, but the striker position is already looking good.

Cavani is not right for Stamford Bridge. It would cost too much to get him, and Chelsea would have to pay him a lot more money to do something Torres can do himself.

Knee-jerk reactions are the worst things one can do, and in this case, signing Cavani would qualify for that category.