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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.