Edinson Cavani: Is the Napoli Star Worth €60 Million to Paris Saint-Germain?
Edinson Cavani is certainly in demand these days. Manchester City have put him top of their wish list (via the Mirror), and Juventus are keen too (via the Express). Real Madrid are interested in adding Cavani's name to their current crop of Galacticos (according to ESPN), but it looks like the "Galactiques" of Paris Saint-Germain still lead the chase for his signature (via Metro).
So just what would PSG be getting for their money? Well, the short version is a striker who's scored 72 goals in 100 league appearances for Napoli. That's a compelling enough statistic on its own. I've also written at length in the past on Cavani and why he's so coveted.
But the striker would bring more to PSG than just his goals. He'd provide cover for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and take some of the pressure away from the Swede. Or—if the rumours are true (via ESPN) —he could be a worthy replacement for the big man himself.
Cavani would also almost certainly help improve Ezequiel Lavezzi, who left Napoli last summer after having struck up a fine partnership with the Uruguayan. And he would provide yet more proof for the Parisians that they were in the process of not only constructing a truly great team but changing the axis of power in the game in general.
Ibrahimovic is a force of nature, and if he stays at the Parc des Princes, it might take him some getting used to sharing the limelight up front with Cavani. He certainly didn't seem to enjoy sharing the attention at Barcelona, but even there he didn't have a direct rival capable of playing the same kind of game.
Should the pair gel, however, they'd be an awesome partnership. Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in his last Serie A season, five more than Cavani, who should better his tally this term. That kind of firepower does more than win the French league—it worries all of Europe.
With the kind of money being spent in Paris, there can be no doubt that they've set their sights a little higher than Ligue 1. The Champions League is another level altogether though, and even Ibrahimovic's mercurial talents are not enough to fire a team to the final.
Cavani and Zlatan up front would give Carlo Ancelotti just cause to tweak his formation too, because with two such incredibly talented front men on the pitch at the same time, opposition teams would find it a lot harder to keep track of the PSG front line.
Where that would leave Lavezzi is a problem Ancelotti would surely be delighted to have. The diminutive Argentinian is not the goal threat he was at Napoli, but he still brings a lot to the team. And pulling the strings behind Ibrahimovic and his old colleague from Naples, there's no telling what the 27-year-old from Villa Gobernador Galvez is capable of.
His goals in this year's Champions League were instrumental in his team's progression, but it's his vision and understanding with Cavani that could be vital to PSG's development as a true force on the continental stage.
That last point is what will really interest Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the Qatar Investment Authority, because, though the figures being spoken about are certainly large, it would be money well spent if it tipped the scales in PSG's favour at the highest level. The potential value of becoming a genuine power in world football terms is immeasurable. So while €60 million or more might not represent good value to all of Cavani's suitors, it could prove a bargain in Paris.
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