Is Cavani Worth the Gamble?

greenshot_2013-06-26_16-34-59The news last week that Manchester City could not “afford” to buy Napoli striker, Edinson Cavani, might have come as a surprise given City’s spending power.

The Azzurri have made it clear they will not let the highly-rated Uruguayan go for less than the £54million release clause in his contract, a hefty sum of money even for a striker who has registered double figures in terms of goals in the last five seasons.

Despite his impressive goals-to-games ratio, whoever splashes the cash will be taking a gamble on Cavani; some pundits, Lee Dixon’s tips included , do not believe he can repeat his excellent form outside of Italy.

The race for Cavani’s signature now looks as though it is between Chelsea and Real Madrid, with Los Blancos seemingly ahead of their rivals by a nose.

Certainly, Real are eager to sign a new striker to replace the outgoing Gonzalo Higuain and, given Cavani’s price tag, you’d have to consider him a future Galactico, which will make president Florentino Perez happy.

Under new boss, Carlo Ancelotti, Cavani would be a great focal point for any attack but, with Cristiano Ronaldo already on the scene, there could be a fight for the spotlight in the Spanish capital.

However, Real face some serious competition from Chelsea, it seems, as Jose Mourinho looks to make a marquee signing on his return to the club.

Having described Fernando Torres’ time with the Blues as “so-so”, the ‘Special One’ seems keen to bring in a new striker and the powerful Cavani would certainly fit the bill. The 26-year-old has similar attributes to a certain Didier Drogba, who Mourinho was a big fan of.

Both Real and Chelsea are likely to challenge for silverware this season, domestically and in Europe, so ticks the boxes for Cavani on that front. Both are also able to match whatever wage demands the striker has, meaning it now comes down to one question: Madrid or London?

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