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Jul 032013
 

Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea are fighting with PSG for the signature of Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. Cavani scored 38 goals in all competitions last season for Napoli, and his record of 104 goals in 138 games is staggeringly good. However, Napoli are so far refusing to budge on their release clause figure of €63 million Euro, the equivalent of almost £54 million pounds.

PSG have reportedly lodged a bid of £43 million, but it is unlikely to be enough. Napoli don’t need to sell, and they will hold out for as close to that release clause as possible. It would be most surprising to see Cavani go in to the new season at Napoli, and while he would be a fantastic addition to any team, the question is whether he is worth such a staggering amount of money?

Cavani’s record is beyond reproach. He is a remarkable player, but does he justify the remarkable price-tag? Unfortunately, it depends which way you look at it. When Andy Carroll and Fernandinho are £35 million pound players, Cavani’s price seems reasonable. However, compare it to the £2 million Swansea paid for Michu or the £10 million United paid for Hernandez and it seems grossly inflated. That is the problem with these astronomical fees being considered – the amount any club is willing to pay is directly influenced by how much they require the player. So do we need Cavani?

Honestly, any team needs Cavani. He is one of the best in the world, and he would score bucket-loads at Stamford Bridge. Do I think we should pay it? Not necessarily. Signing Cavani means limited time for Lukaku, Torres and Ba. While it might not surprise me to see Ba move somewhere else this summer, Lukaku’s development is not best served by Cavani’s arrival. Similarly, it acknowledges that we have given up on Torres becoming the player we know he should be.

Replacing one £50 million pound striker with another is very exciting as a fan, but being completely honest, I’d rather we didn’t sign him right now. £54 million on the Uruguayan is the kind of transfer we’ve got used to making, but the point of Mourinho’s return is to build a dynasty – a legacy. That is far better accomplished by developing the players we have. Cavani could well guarantee instant success, but is it the right move for the club? I’m not so sure. He would improve us, but at what cost?

Tell us, would you sign Cavani for £54 million pounds?

May 262013
 

Long term transfer target Edinson Cavani is reportedly top of the list this summer as Roman Abramovich looks set to open his chequebook once again this summer. Cavani, the 26 year old goal-scoring machine, has been at Napoli for three seasons where he has netted an incredible 104 goals in just 138 appearances. The Uruguayan has long been admired by many of Europe’s top clubs, but we look to be the first to make a big move this summer in the hope of beating other big spenders like Man City to his signature. However, there may be one big unknown in this situation – Rafa Benitez.

Benitez looks set to be officially named as the new Napoli boss in the next 24 hours. Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is an extremely difficult man to predict, and by all accounts difficult to work for as well, but it seems Benitez is willing to take on the massive task. Abramovich will be hoping that Benitez will be more willing to discuss terms with the team he just won a Europa League with, but it is difficult to understand just how Benitez feels about Chelsea.

Rafa did not have an easy time at Stamford Bridge. Many fans were extremely vocal in their distaste and dislike at his appointment, and they never warmed to him. The fact of the matter is that Benitez actually did a very good job in his short time at Chelsea. He managed to win back some of the power from the dressing room, navigate a dreadful fixture schedule while keeping his major players fit, and ended the season comfortably in 3rd position with a Europa League to his name. If Roberto Di Matteo had only come in when Rafa did and achieved the same results, he would be considered a hero. Unfortunately for Benitez, his reputation preceded him, and the fans never gave him a chance.

This may have left Rafa with a bad taste in his mouth, and it would be understandable if he would rather not do us any favours. At this time, it’s guesswork as to how open he is to doing business with Roman, but we must hope that his relationship with our board remains strong. Cavani at Chelsea would be an incredible signing, and one that would strike fear in to every team across Europe. As far as strikers go, Cavani is the genuine article, and we should be moving heaven and earth to land him. Fingers crossed.

Feb 272013
 

It is fair to say that Chelsea have been missing Didier Drogba this season. Fernando Torres has been better for the Blues this year, scoring 15 goals in all competitions so far, and Demba Ba has added some physical presence up front since signing from Newcastle in January, but has only scored once in his six league games so far. There is a player on Chelsea’s books who has the strength and pace to replace Drogba, and he has scored 12 league goals this season. The problem is that 19-year old Romelu Lukaku has been scoring them for West Brom.

It is no surprise to hear that the West Brom manager Steve Clarke would love to keep the young striker at the Hawthorns for another season, especially after one of his other forwards, Peter Odemwingie, showed zero loyalty during the January transfer window farce with QPR. Clarke would love to take the Dutchman permanently but would need to win a jackpot at www.MansionCasino.com to afford to pay what the Dutchman is worth!

Clarke said yesterday: “If Chelsea want to leave him out for another season somewhere, I think we would have a strong chance of getting him back here, but it is a discussion for the summer.

“It’s a package that has been good for all three parties. For such a young player, the sky is the limit.

“He has all the attributes to be a really top player. He is very level-headed and he understands why he came here and what he has got to do in the future to be a big player at a really big club.”

A lot will depend on who is in charge of Chelsea for next season, almost certainly not Rafa Benitez, and what Abramovich decides to do about Torres and any new signings. We have been linked with Falcao and Cavani, but we are also short on strikers. Lukaku has come on in leaps and bounds at West Brom and is still very young, so maybe it would be better if he has another season there.

Jul 242012
 

Edinson Cavani is one of the most sought after strikers in football at the minute, but the reports coming out of Italy recently suggested that there was no chance of him leaving Napoli this summer. Chelsea have just received some encouragement in their bid to bring Cavani to Stamford Bridge from the Italian agent Mino Raiola.

“Cavani, if he could, he would leave immedietely, but the president is not easy in these matters.”

We know that Cavani is not going to come cheap but how many tried and tested goal scorers do these days? Napoli are not in the financial position to turn down  very good offers for their players, so it all depends on how much it will take, and how much Chelsea really want him.

It seems to be  a close run thing between Hulk and Cavani as to who Roberto Di Matteo is going to go for. The price for the two players will be fairly similar, but they have different playing styles. Cavani is an out and out goal score, whereas Hulk plays more as a second dtriker or coming in from the wing.

I, personally, feel that with Eden Hazard and Marko Marin already signed, it is the central striking position that needs cover.

Jul 172012
 

Napoli have done everything they can to discourage the possible transfer of their Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani, but they have failed to deflect Chelsea. Roman Abramovich has authorized an offer of £35 million for the prolific 25-year old, but the deal is still in jeopardy because of the weekly wages that Cavani wants.

There is no doubt about Cavani’s goal scoring abilities. For his first club Danubio, he scored 12 goals in 30 games. After his move to Italy with Palermo he continued to impress with 37 goals in 117 appearances, earning himself another step up to Napoli. He soon established himself as one of the best strikers in Europe, netting 66 times in just 94 games for the Azzuri.

It is little wonder that Napoli do not want to sell, his goals got Napoli through the first round of the Champion’s league and into the Coppa Italia final, where he opened the scoring on the way to victory over Juventus.

The players representatives have told Chelsea that they require £150-000 per week as a salary and that would put him at the top of the wage structure alongside club captain John Terry, according to The Express. Fernando Torres is the top earner at Stamford Bridge on £180,000 per week, but Chelsea are reluctant to commit to such a high wage for a player who is untried in the English league.

With Porto pricing Hulk out of a move to Chelsea, Cavani has become the stand out choice for the Blues and they are in real need of a quality striking addition before the season starts.

 

Jun 262012
 

Raul Meireles is one of the few Chelsea players still participating in Euro 2012. His performances for Portugal, who are hot favourites to lose to Spain according to www.oddswinner.com, and for Chelsea last season, have caused Napoli to target his services.

Napoli want to improve on their position in Serie A after they were pipped to the Champion’s league positions last time. They are on the verge of selling one of their star players, the Argentinean forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, to Paris Saint-Germain for around £20 million.

Walter Mazzarri the manager, has identified his midfield as the weak point in his team. Meireles is the man he has chosen to give Napoli more strength in the middle, Talksport reports. The Italian club are preparing a bid thought to be around £8 million for the 29-year old Portuguese international.

Meireles has three years left on his contract with the blues, but is believed to have joined from Liverpool because Andres Villas-Boas was the coach. Now he might consider moving on but, after picking up an FA cup and Champion’s league winner’s medal, why would he?

I am sure Chelsea would consider including the midfielder in a deal that brought Uruguayan striker Edison Cavani to Stamford Bridge, but Napoli are determined to hold on to Cavani. The 25-year old has scored 49 league goals in his 68 games for the club and is also being targeted by Manchester City.

Mar 142012
 

The Napoli star Edinson Cavani saw Arsenal very nearly come back from a four-goal deficit against AC Milan last week, and is well aware that Chelsea could easily do the same thing tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge.

Cavani said: “We saw in the Arsenal against Milan match that a team full of champions can change a tie in a few minutes. We know what to expect from Chelsea. It will be a tough match, a difficult night.”

The prolific striker has been continually linked with a move to Chelsea or Arsenal, but he declares that he is not thinking about that while the club is still fighting for their Champions League place. He said: “I’m just focused on the game. Nothing else ­concerns me. I might stay for five years. I might stay here for three. You never know.

“We dreamt about being in this situation, playing in games like this, and finally we are here. But what really matters is getting through.”

Arsenal had to come back from four goals down, but Chelsea only need to win 2-0 to go through. Be worried Edinson, be VERY worried!

Dec 162011
 

The Champions League doesn’t seem to like English clubs this season and after Manchester City and Manchester United were knocked out of the group stage, Chelsea and Arsenal received horrible news after the last-16 draw.

Arsenal received a horrible draw and will have to face AC Milan, but Chelsea is not far and will also have to travel to Italy to face Napoli.

Basically Napoli will have the chance to defeat and knock out another English team after they managed some incredible performances against Manchester City. Chelsea will have to prove their worth, but they will have to improve the late form if manager Andres Villas-Boas wants to have the chance to get passt Napoli through to the next round.

The Portuguese has the chance to bring in reinforcements in January before having to face Napoli, and according to recent rumours the Blues might strip Napoli of their most important player Edinson Cavani.

The Italians didn’t have easy games against Manchester City, but if they will manage to perform against Chelsea the way they did against City the Blues will have a horrible task. Tell us what you think about the draw?

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Apr 182010
 

Chelsea may still be on course for the League and FA Cup Double, but their aging squad is definitely in need of some young blood. Although Roman Abramovich has reportedly put a ban on all contract negotiations and Transfer dealings until the season reaches its climax, Chelsea are still the subject of many transfer rumours in the Sunday papers.

The People is claiming that Chelsea are showing an interest in the 23 year old Palermo striker Edinson Cavani, who has scored ten goals this season in Serie A. Cavani is a Uruguayan international and at 6ft is expected to be able to cope with the Premiership defences.

The paper is not too confident though as they also say that Chelsea will face competition from Juventus, Roma, AC Milan, Manchester City and Manchester United for the youngsters signature.

Another hindrance to any transfer talk is the fact that Cavani still has three years left on his contract with Palermo!

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