With Chelsea running out of topflight striking targets to acquire this summer, the Blues must do everything in their power to land Uruguayan star Edinson Cavani when talks between the English powerhouse and Cavani's current club, Napoli, commence this week.
According to the Mirror's Martin Lipton, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed plans to meet with Chelsea higher-ups this week in order to discuss a potential move that would bring Cavani to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea is the underdog to land the talented Uruguayan international, who, according to Lipton, has made comments suggesting he would prefer a move to Real Madrid. But Roman Abramovich and Jose Mourinho still have plenty to offer financially.
With Radamel Falcao signing with Monaco, Fernando Torres' future looking uncertain and Borussia Dortmund making it very clear that it has no intention of moving Robert Lewandowski this summer, the Blues are desperate and therefore much more likely to put together a decent offer.
Although he's not their first choice, acquiring Cavani would certainly be worth the trouble.
Cavani has been a stud since joining Italian club Napoli in 2010, scoring over 100 goals in less than 140 appearances in all competitions. And at age 26, he has yet to peak as he gets set to enter what should be the prime of his career.
In 34 Serie A appearances this past season, Cavani scored 29 goals and chipped in four assists. Only one other player scored more than 17 goals in Serie A play in 2012-13, and only Cavani scored more than 23 goals.
Despite what its third-place finish in the Premier League would suggest, Chelsea had little trouble finding the back of the net last season, ranking second in the league with 75 goals through 38 games. The issue was that no Blues player scored more than 15 goals. Frank Lampard, who will turn 35 on Friday, was Chelsea's leading goalscorer in league play.
Cavani would provide Chelsea with a go-to option at the top of the lineup, similar to what Torres was expected to do when he came over from Liverpool two years ago.
It remains to be seen what the Blues will be required to give up in order to add one of the premiere striking talents this summer, but whatever it is, it would be worth it considering that Chelsea is quickly running out of options.
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