Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Landing Edinson Cavani Would Make Blues EPL Favorites

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2013

The summer of 2013 could end up being one of the most exciting summers for Chelsea fans in quite some time. With Jose Mourinho coming back to the club for his second stint at Stamford Bridge and a slew of high-profile transfers sure to come, the Blues should challenge for the Premier League title next year.

Though if they land one target in particular—Napoli striker Edinson Cavani—the team would almost surely be the favorites next season. 

And it looks like they are in serious contention to earn his signature. From Joe Mewis of the Mirror:

Chelsea and Manchester City are battling to land Cavani from Napoli, where he has a £53 million release clause.

And the Uruguay hitman says he would be interested in quitting Serie A for the Premier League.

 Napoli claim they have held transfer talks with Chelsea over Cavani, who is on international duty with Uruguay at the Confederations Cup.

Without question, one of Chelsea's biggest weaknesses was at forward last season. The top three scorers in league play were Frank Lampard (15 goals), Juan Mata (12 goals) and Eden Hazard (nine goals).

Fernando Torres, who started 28 games at striker for the team, managed just eight league goals. That's a pretty disappointing output for an expensive forward on one of the top clubs in Europe.

It should be noted that Torres did lead the team with 23 goals in all competitions, however, including six in the Europa League. So while Torres wasn't a complete bust, he was still hardly a factor in the Premier League season. 

But just imagine adding Cavani in front of the sparkling trio of Hazard, Mata and Oscar, which contributed a combined 53 goals and assists last season. It's a scary proposition for the rest of the league.

Make no mistake about it, folks, Cavani is an absolute stud. In all competitions for Napoli last year, he scored 40 goals and added five assists. It's the third straight season in which he's scored at least 33 goals for the club.

Cavani really has no glaring weaknesses. He can hold up the ball or beat defenders with cutting runs, and he isn't afraid to drop deeper to find the play or provide more defensive support. He can finish around the net in virtually any manner and is an elite finisher in the box.

He would finally give Chelsea a true target atop the attack, something Torres failed to do, as he would simply disappear in games. Demba Ba never really made his mark for the team, either.

It remains to be seen how Mourinho will work with the players he has or what additions he'll look to make, but it's hard to deny that Cavani could have a similar impact for Chelsea to what Robin van Persie delivered for Manchester United.

In other words, if Cavani chooses Chelsea, the Blues should be Premier League favorites heading into next season.