Chelsea Transfers: Would Cavani Be Able to Handle the Expectations of the EPL?

Rachel BascomContributor IIIJuly 7, 2013

NAPLES, ITALY - MAY 12:  Edinson Cavani of Napoli celebrates the victory after 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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Edinson Cavani has been the center of more transfer speculation than almost any other player this summer. Chelsea are a club that have been constantly linked with the Uruguayan, but if a recent report by John Edwards of the Daily Mail is to be believed, the London club are about to lose out to a £49.3 million bid from Paris Saint-Germain.

Cavani's record for the past few seasons has been almost unmatched, and he is undoubtedly a world-class striker, but you have to wonder if perhaps it would be a good thing if the Blues missed out on his signature.

We could try to go this whole article without mentioning the elephant in the room, but with Chelsea now looking at paying more than £50 million for Cavani, it would be impossible to talk about a new striker without mentioning Fernando Torres.

Of course, Torres and Cavani are completely different players.

Their futures might move in completely different directions, but Torres' experience at Chelsea could serve as a valuable warning for both Cavani and the club.

The English Premier League is a tough league, and even the best players—see Didier Drogba—take a couple of seasons to adjust. When the team that you are moving to is Chelsea FC, the pressure will increase exponentially.

Torres was already well adjusted to the Premier League style—having played a number of incredible seasons with Liverpool—but upon moving to Chelsea, he struggled to regain the form that he had experienced up north.

Whether it was because of the pressure of the £50 million price tag, or the step up to a EPL and Champions League chasing team, something caused Torres to lose his spark.

Sometimes transfers work out, and sometimes they don't. The same thing may or may not happen to Cavani, but what is certain is that £50 million is a heck of a lot to gamble on just a chance (again).