Edinson Cavani to PSG: The Red and Blue Announce Transfer of Napoli Striker
UPDATE: Tuesday, July 16, at 12:12 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
CNN Italian sports correspondent Tancredi Palmeri has the latest from PSG's press conference:
PSG president Al Khelaifi: "Cavani signed only 5 minutes ago"— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 16, 2013
Sky Sports and FourFourTwo's Mohamed Moallim provides additional information on Edinson Cavani's deal with PSG:
PSG sign Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli on five-year contract #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 16, 2013
Edinson Cavani unveiled as Paris Saint-Germain's latest signing (€63 million to Napoli) pic.twitter.com/emUK15FrZ5— Mohamed Moallim (@jouracule) July 16, 2013
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PSG announced a press conference would be held today. The Independent's Dylan Fahy revealed prior to the start of the conference that Cavani would be introduced as the club's newest member.
Cavani was one of the most coveted commodities on the transfer market after a tremendous three-year stint with Napoli. The lack of reliable strikers makes him even more valuable, which is why multiple clubs were linked to him throughout the process.
Although he certainly warranted that type of attention and hype after scoring 104 goals across all competitions with the Partenopei over the past three seasons, now he must live up to it. He can expect to face plenty of pressure right away.
The 26-year-old Uruguayan international has long possessed the size and strength necessary to dominate inside the box. It took him a while to figure out how to succeed at the top levels of Europe, but that production with Napoli shows how far he's come.
Based on talent alone, there's no reason Cavani can't continue to improve as a player. He should just be entering his prime seasons, and he possesses the physical tools to keep giving opposing defenders nightmares. It all comes down to consistency.
Will Cavani prove worth the investment?
He was a very reliable member of the attack during his time with Napoli. What often happens after a player makes a high-profile move, however, is they lose that constant production. The added pressure and defensive attention makes it tougher to produce every week.
If Cavani can avoid that type of drop-off, he will be an extraordinary addition. Players with his ability to find the net are rare, which is why there's usually quite a war when one of them becomes available. Clubs are willing to spend big on strikers.
The start to next season will be the key. The last thing Cavani wants is to struggle out of the gate, allowing the doubts to grow louder and putting him under even more scrutiny. That's when you start worrying about the mental side of the game.
If he can come out during the first handful of matches and assert himself as a force, everything else should quickly fall into place. From there, he will settle in nicely and resume being one of the most feared strikers in Europe.
Only time will tell how the deal works out, but he's worth the risk.
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