He may cost either Chelsea or Manchester City upwards of £50 million this summer, but red-hot Napoli front man Edinson Cavani would be worth every penny.
Uruguay international could be moving to the Premier League at the end of the season.
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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is renowned throughout world football as being a man who likes to drive a hard bargain when it comes to conducting his transfer business, and it appears as though the enigmatic Italian is set for another summer of tough negotiations concerning in-demand striker Edinson Cavani.
The 26-year-old Uruguay international is at present one of planet football’s most coveted marksmen, and for good reason too, with clubs always prepared to pay top dollar for players who can put the ball in the back of the net.
With both European champions Chelsea and Premier League title-holders Manchester City reportedly on the look-out at present for a new striker to lead their respective lines as of next season, Cavani’s name has been linked with each club of late.
City are preparing themselves for the possible departure of one of their highly-rated Argentina attackers.
Sergio Aguero has been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid to be nearer to his son Benjamin, following the break-up of his marriage to the daughter of Diego Maradona’s daughter.
Carlos Tevez meanwhile is reportedly of interest to mega rich AS Monaco.
Despite signing Demba Ba from Newcastle United in January, Chelsea are constantly being linked with additional options up front as an alternate option to misfiring Spain international Fernando Torres, who has once again struggled to recapture the scintillating form that he so often displayed while at Liverpool between 2007 and 2011.
Both top-flight clubs have been keeping close tabs on the form of Uruguay striker Cavani, who has carried on this season in a similar vein as to the previous campaign, finding the back of the net an impressive 22 times already this season for his high-flying Serie A outfit in just 27 outings, while in total the player has netted an eye-catching 32 goals in only 38 games for both club and country this campaign.
Cavani has found goal scoring easy wherever he has played, and so one can understand just why De Laurentiis has been able to negotiate such an exorbitant buyout clause in the new contract that Cavani signed last August.
And now Chelsea and City both need to weigh up whether Cavani is worth a fee of £53m this summer, but having scored 146 goals in only 278 games in his eight-year career to date, one thing each side know is that they will be getting goals, and plenty of them, for that money.
Then again – Chelsea thought that would be the case when signing Fernando Torres.