With each passing day, a move to the EPL for Edinson Cavani becomes more and more plausible.
The most recent development comes from an interview with Sky Sports, in which the Uruguayan said that playing with Manuel Pellegrini—who is believed to be Manchester City's next manager—or Chelsea's Jose Mourinho "would always be a pleasure." In response to questions about the interest of Chelsea and Manchester City, the 26-year-old attacker said:
I don't know if they made an offer for me, I just know that to be coached by someone like Manuel Pellegrini or Jose Mourinho would always be a pleasure.
And when the time is right it would be great to play for one of these teams, because when I was a child I imagined doing it.
Cavani is still under contract with Napoli, and his price tag is steep, so it's worth taking this news with a grain of salt. But speculation surrounding his potential departure has been steadily increasing, and according to Goal.com's Wayne Veysey, several teams—including Chelsea—are already in the mix for his services.
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And it's not exactly surprising to see why.
In 34 Serie A appearances for Napoli, the Uruguayan forward poured in a staggering 29 goals and four assists.
Many will point to the porous defense in Serie A, but any time you tally six more goals than the next best goalscorer in the league—a top-five European league at that—and 13 more than the guy in third, it's incredibly impressive.
Additionally, the versatility in which he scored those goals was brilliant, according to WhoScored:
Edinson Cavani: Scored the most right-footed (17) & headed goals (6) in Serie A 2012/13 and only 4 players scored more left footed goals (6)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 9, 2013
Edinson Cavani: In Europe's top 5 leagues this season, only Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling (8) scored more headed goals than Cavani (6)— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 10, 2013
On Tuesday night, he showcased that goalscoring ability against Venezuela in a crucial World Cup qualifying win:
But Cavani isn't just an elite finisher. He has the strength to hold onto the ball and keep off defenders, a trait that will help him immensely in a potential shift to the rigorous EPL.
There will be questions about Chelsea's need for Cavani.
But if the Blues intend to ship forward Fernando Torres to Napoli as a deal-sweetener, as reported by Veysey, a duo of Cavani and Romelu Lukaku—who scored 17 goals for West Bromwich Albion this season—would be extremely tantalizing.