Edinson Cavani: Summer Transfer Window Profile and Scouting Report

Daniel Edwards@@DanEdwardsGoalFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2013

Napoli forward Edinson Cavani is among many players being tipped for a possible transfer in the summer window.

Here's a breakdown of his numbers and a brief scouting guide to the Uruguay international, along with a few hints as to where he might be playing next summer.


Age: 26

Contract Situation: Cavani is under contract in Southern Italy until 2017.

Career Stops: Danubio (2005-07), Palermo (2007-10), Napoli (2010-present). 


Current Campaign Stats

Serie A: 34 games, 29 goals.

Europa League: 7 games, 7 goals.

Coppa Italia: 2 games, 2 goals.


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Scouting Guide

In contemporary world football, only Radamel Falcao can realistically challenge Cavani for the title of best centre forward currently in action. The Uruguayan possesses blistering pace and an admirable work ethic, and a brilliant return of 38 goals in 43 games during the 2012-13 season has been a key factor in Napoli claiming the second spot in Serie A. 

Devastating down the middle, Cavani is just as happy playing on the right side of attack, or on the wing, where he harries defenders and gives a more physical option on the flank. The Serie A's most prolific man in front of the net is much more than just a goalscorer, and his direct, rapid play makes him a good option for sides in any of Europe's top leagues. 


Where to Next?

The 26-year-old forward still has four years on his contract at San Paolo, but with some of Europe's most prestigious and wealthiest teams circling, the transfer window will see him under big pressure to make a move. One transfer that has been consistently rumoured over the last few months is a switch to London and Chelsea

The Guardian believes that soon to be ex-Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will make Cavani his top transfer target, should the Portuguese coach swap the Bernabeu for Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. He may face stiff competition, however, from none other than the Spanish giants. 

According to Spanish newspaper Sport via Give Me Football, the Merengue have already agreed personal terms for the marksman, and are now negotiating with Napoli to agree a transfer fee. Madrid's current bid of €50 million plus a player currently falls short of pleasing the Italians, who wish to hold out for a bid approaching €63 million for their star.