Chelsea Transfer News: Chelsea Should Move Quickly to Acquire Edinson Cavani

Justin OnslowContributor IIJune 23, 2013

NAPLES, ITALY - MAY 12:  Edinson Cavani of Napoli celebrates after scoring the goal 1-1 during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Siena at Stadio San Paolo on May 12, 2013 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Chelsea won’t be given unlimited time to swing a deal for Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani. If the Blues are to acquire him this summer, they’ll have to act quickly.

According to the Daily Mirror, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has made it known that Cavani’s buyout clause won’t last to the end of transfer period:

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentis has apparently dropped a clanger by telling clubs interested in buying his star man Edinson Cavani that the striker's £53million buyout clause EXPIRES before the summer transfer window closes.

Cavani, currently on international duty with Uruguay at the Confederations Cup in Brazil, has been linked with Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as Real Madrid.

The Daily Mirror report notes that the deadline for a buyout is August 10—more than enough time to work out the details of an agreement. However, if several clubs are interesting in acquiring Cavani, now is the time to start seriously considering an offer.

Cavani himself feels playing for Chelsea would be a terrific situation, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

“I'm flattered by the interest of certain teams. Who would ever say no to Real Madrid or Chelsea? We'll see what happens. There are many rumors but nothing concrete.”

Cavani probably isn’t the only one who feels it would be a tremendous fit.

Despite piecing together a terrific Premier League term, Chelsea are still short in the striker department. Adding a player like Cavani would provide a huge boost to a club that got underwhelming production from the trio of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.

The Blues aren’t in desperate need, but they certainly can’t afford to pass up a golden opportunity to add a tremendous striker like Cavani to the mix.

While the £53 million buyout is certainly a hefty sum, the biggest issue at this point is closing in on a deal in the next six-plus weeks before Cavani's buyout is off the table. Should a club like Real Madrid decide to become serious bidders, Chelsea can’t afford to sit back and wait for it to all play out, especially if the Spanish giants feel they are racing the clock to strike a deal.

A deal may not be imminent, but Chelsea need to make pursuing Cavani a top priority. Elite finishers with Cavani’s talent are rare, especially when considering how few holes the striker has in his game. There’s simply too much upside to pass on.

The difference between winning and losing in the Premier League is the willingness to make big moves when the opportunities present themselves. This is a huge opportunity, and the Blues are in position to either make a move or lose out on a player who can have a massive impact on their future success.