Edinson Cavani's Steep Price Tag Makes Him Risky Potential Acquisition

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJuly 2, 2013

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Edinson Cavani of Uruguay scores his team's second goal to make the score 2-2 during the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 3rd Place match between Uruguay and Italy at Estadio Octavio Mangabeira (Arena Fonte Nova Salvador) on June 30, 2013 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Edinson Cavani is the epitome of a high-risk, high-reward transfer target. 

The risk portion comes not because of his play on the pitch, but because of the gargantuan hit a club must take on its books in order to acquire his services. 

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, according to Sky Sports, has set the transfer price at a rock-steady, firm €63 million. 

He has lived up to his word, too, reportedly rejecting an offer of €50 million plus striker Fernando Torres from Chelsea, per Ian Herbert at The Independent, suggesting that a penny less than €63 million won't be enough to lure the talented Uruguayan international away from Italy.  

If Chelsea or another EPL team indeed ponies up the money that Napoli demands, €63 million, which comes out to about £54 million, would serve as a record transfer fee for a player coming into England.

When you're spending that kind of money, you'd like to know you're getting a sure thing. 

Of course, Cavani is a supreme talent. 

WhoScored.com gives us a good look at his tremendous 2012-13 season:

The most tantalizing part about his game, of course, is his ability to put the ball into the back of net. It's not just the fact that he racks up a ton of goals, but his versatility—the fact that he can score with either foot, in the air or off of free kicks.

He showcased the latter against Italy in the Confederations Cup: 

Throw in his work rate, willingness to track back and defend, and constant effort off the ball, and you have a rare player who is blessed with both talent and commitment to making an impact. He's a player who can have success anywhere in the world. 

As such, if there is anyone capable of living up to such a hefty price tag, it's Cavani. 

Nevertheless, the track record of Serie A players moving to England isn't necessarily an encouraging one, and for £54 million, you can never be too careful.