Chelsea must beat Manchester United to the signing of Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani this summer, according to a former Blues favourite Marcel Desailly.
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The French and Stamford Bridge legend says that a signing of Cavani’s calibre upfront would go some way to ensuring the Chelsea retain their place at the top of the Premier League next season and send out a clear message of intent to their rivals who will be trying to make up ground.
It would certainly be an astute move from the west London side who have had to rely on the likes of Didier Drogba and Loic Remy as less than equal back-ups to the powerful Diego Costa when he has twinged his brittle hamstrings.
Drogba looks set to leave in the summer and with Remy hardly the most confidence inducing replacement Chelsea, says Desailly, need another striker.
However, it’s likely any move for the Uruguayan will pip the Blues against Manchester United who look to be in a similar boat in the summer with Radamel Falcao set to leave and Robin van Persie only trusted in a bit-part role leaving Wayne Rooney as the only viable choice upfront.
“Chelsea needs another striker,” Desailly told Goal, quoted by The Daily Telegraph.
“Costa has done well, Drogba also, but they need a third top player.
“A Cavani, a Higuain, someone very close to Costa [in ability] to be able to think about winning a Champions League. In other areas I don’t see anything unless a player leaves.”
And Desailly could indeed get his wish with Cavani recently admitting that he could quit the Ligue 1 champions in the summer after becoming frustrated with his wide forward role to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the club’s central striker.