Former Napoli star questions future of the club with continued sales.
Former Napoli defender Fabio Cannavaro has suggested that the club sign Edin Dzeko as a replacement for the out-going Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguayan international is expected to finalise a deal to PSG this week, after the Ligue 1 champions agreed to pay his €63m release clause fee.
Despite the substantial financial gain, new boss Rafa Benitez will have a huge hole to fill in his front-line ahead of next season, and although the club are set to sign Real Madrid’s Jose Callejon, it is expected that they will delve into the market again.
Cannavaro, 39, who is currently obtaining his coaching badges and licences, is worried by the situation the club now faces, and has put forward his recommendation over who they should try to sign to help cover the loss of their prolific striker.
“When a player like Cavani leaves, after they have already lost (Ezequiel) Lavezzi last year, it is clear there is great disappointment because there are signals that suggest you do not think of the future,” Cannavaro said during a function at the City of Science, Naples as quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The fans rightly want to win the league, want to win the cup and always hope to achieve the best.”
“Replacing Cavani? It’s not easy. (Edin) Dzeko I think would be the right choice, but it is not easy,” he concluded.
Cavani scored 29 goals last season as the Partenopei finished in second place, and as pointed out by Cannavaro his sale is continuing a worrying trend of top players being sold by the club after Lavezzi departed for Paris twelve months ago.
Nevertheless, if the money is reinvested wisely, then Benitez will be confident of being capable of maintaining their level of recent success and building towards a more promising future.
The Spanish tactician has already revealed he expects a great deal of Italy under-21 talent Lorenzo Insigne, while Dries Mertens has joined the club from PSV this summer and is another exciting addition.