Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Need to Finalize Deal for Edinson Cavani Now

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2013

Edinson Cavani's move to Chelsea took a big step forward on Tuesday.

According to the Daily Mirror's Jim Daly, Napoli radio station Radio Marte announced the Blues had reached a deal to acquire the 26-year-old striker:

We have received news in the office from a very reliable source that Napoli have sealed a deal with Chelsea for Cavani's sale," the station has announced.

Rafa Benitez also gave the all-clear, but before making the move official Napoli want to secure the striker who will replace Il Matador.

(Napoli president) Aurelio De Laurentiis' club will pick up around €58m (£49.3m), a slight discount on the buy-out clause, which is the same situation as Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG last year.
The player will earn €8.5m (£7.2m) per season plus image rights.

With this being the transfer window, not all may be as it seems. Bleacher Report's Italian football expert, Matteo Bonetti, added some intrigue to the situation.

This is a transfer that Chelsea need to finish up as soon as possible. Real Madrid are arguably first in line to sign the striker, so the Blues need to do whatever they can to get an advantage.

Cavani himself has been a bit cryptic regarding a possible move to Madrid. He spoke with Juan Castro of Marca:

Real is one of the best clubs in the world, but there is no deal yet. When we're kids, we dream about playing at a team like Madrid or Barça, but right now I'm at Napoli and I'm very proud to be there. If I leave one day, I'll be ready to move to a bigger club. We'll see.

Chelsea are in need of a striker right now. Even after the club confirmed the purchase of Andre Schurrle on their official website, it's hard seeing Chelsea winning the Premier League or Champions League relying on what they've already got up front.

Including the newly acquired Schurrle, here's a look at the goalscoring totals for the last four seasons for Cavani and the strikers Chelsea presently have.

Cavani would bring something different to the Blues that they don't have at the moment. He's one of the best finishers in the world. You'd probably rank only Radamel Falcao and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of him in terms of goalscoring.

Look at the players Chelsea currently have—Cavani would be a massive upgrade.

The time has come for Fernando Torres to move on. He was never going to justify his massive transfer fee from Liverpool, nor will he ever get close to it. Chelsea should just move him on and take whatever another club will pay.

Demba Ba is a very good striker. Whether or not he could be the top scoring option on a Champions League-winning club is up for debate. Ba is a very good option to make the occasional start and provide cover for the first-choice strikers.

Schurrle is at his best either on the wing or as a secondary striker. You don't really line him up to be your primary goalscorer. He could coexist with Cavani as they would complement each other well.

The biggest issue is what to do with Romelu Lukaku. He did very well on loan at West Brom last season, scoring 17 goals in the Premier League. At only 20 years old, Lukaku's best days are ahead of him.

Cavani is a player you simply can't pass up, though. And Chelsea have had no problem loaning out Thibaut Courtois while Petr Cech still has a first-team place. There would be a line of Premier League and other European clubs that would line up to bring in Lukaku on loan.

Chelsea do not have a ton of holes. Spending close to £50 million on a player might seem a lot, even for Roman Abramovich. After Cavani's arrival, though, there wouldn't need to be much else done. Just go out and buy a young holding midfielder, and you're finished.

If the Blues do in fact want Cavani, they can't afford to waste any more time.


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