Cardiff are eyeing up a move for Benfica’s Cardozo.
Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo has been targeted by Premier League sides Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City this summer but now Cardiff City are planning a surprise move.
Blue Birds manager Malky Mackay has confirmed that the English top flight new boys believe Cardozo would fit into their system, despite being touted by teams in the Champions League.
“I know all about the attributes of Cardozo. I know exactly how he plays,” the Scot was quoted on Sky Sports.
“I think he would suit our game and would be interesting for us.”
This is a fairly bold statement from Mackay as the Paraguayan has been one of the most deadly strikers in European football since his transfer to Benfica from Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina back in 2007.
The 30-year-old has scored regularly in both the Champions League and the Europa League, including his side’s only goal in last season’s 2-1 final defeat to Chelsea.
Cardozo’s haul of 33 goals in 46 appearances last season also tells a story in itself and if Cardiff were to land the Paraguay international it would represent quite a coup for the Blue Birds.
However, with 2012 Premier League champions City viewing the forward as a replacement for Carlos Tevez and Liverpool and Chelsea also eyeing up Cardozo as an improvement to their attacking lines, Mackay could have a task on his hands.
Cardiff have already smashed their transfer record this summer to secure the services of another striker in FC Copenhagen’s Andreas Cornelius for £7.7m, but it’s likely the Championship winners will need to bring in several other new faces if they want to survive in the top tier.