Edinson Cavani to PSG: What Rumored Deal Means for European Football

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMay 1, 2013

NAPLES, ITALY - DECEMBER 02:  Edinson Cavani of Napoli celebrates after scoring the goal 3-1 during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Pescara Calcio at Stadio San Paolo on December 2, 2012 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Napoli forward Edinson Cavani is one of the biggest names to be linked with the heavy hitters of European football, and his potential move to a big club like Paris St. Germain could change the tide of European football next season (via Metro)

Cavani has changed the landscape of Italian football this season with Napoli, as he has scored 23 goals in Serie A and helped the Partenopei move up to second place in the table, a spot that will put the Naples-based club into the UEFA Champions League next season.

Despite having the guarantee of playing in Europe's top club competition with his current club, no one is expecting Cavani to return to the Stadio San Paolo next season.

With the big spenders of Europe targeting Cavani, who is in the form of his life this season, Napoli are expected to cash in on the Uruguayan while he is at his top value. 

PSG have been rumored to capture the signature of Cavani along with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City, but a move to Paris seems like the best move for the forward (via ESPN). 

Cavani would potentially be able to join up with his former teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi, who left Napoli last summer for the Parc des Princes. 

Not only would the familiarity with Lavezzi be a strong persuading factor in bringing Cavani to Paris, but the potential partnership with Zlatan Ibrahimovic should also entice the Uruguayan to move to France. 

With Cavani and Ibrahimovic, PSG would be deemed unstoppable by many fans and pundits who will preview next season's edition of the Champions League. 

If Cavani does move to PSG, winning the Ligue 1 title would be as close to a guarantee as possible, and the Parisians would be able to focus on the real goal of winning the Champions League title. 

In European play, Cavani and Ibrahimovic would front in Carlo Ancelotti's 4-2-2-2 formation, presuming that Ancelotti is still in charge next season. 

Behind what could potentially be the most feared attacking duo in the world would be Lavezzi, Lucas Moura, Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti, all of whom are world-class players themselves. 

Entering Cavani into the PSG fold would give Lavezzi a familiar friend to link up with in attack, and it would give Lucas another valuable player to receive his already quality passes. 

As for how Cavani's move would affect opposing defenses, let's just say it would cause a marking nightmare for any club in Europe. 

First of all, no top European club lines up in a 4-2-2-2, which is difficult to play against in the first place when an opponent is unfamiliar with that style. 

Once an opposing defense gets past solving the 4-2-2-2, they would have to find a way to silence the fearsome foursome in attack that PSG would put out on the pitch. 

If for some reason the potential big four of PSG are stopped, it would not be a recurring trend. Every player or club has one bad match, but a team like PSG should be able to recover from a bad match and excel in the future. 

While it is tough to define a team other than the Spanish national team as unstoppable, the potential PSG lineup with Cavani included in it would be very close to being unstoppable on the European stage next season. 

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