Edinson Cavani's Departure from Napoli: Some Positives for the Partenopei

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Edinson Cavani's Departure from Napoli: Some Positives for the Partenopei
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Everyone and their brother has been tied to Edinson Cavani during this summer transfer window. Based on the latest, it seems his likely destination will be Paris Saint-Germain

However, with everything that goes on in the transfer window, you just never know. 

For Napoli—and, more importantly, for fans of the Partenopei—it might be time to start looking beyond el Matador. 

The exit fee remains €63 million for his services, and with that money, Aurelio De Laurentiis can do quite a bit to bolster Napoli's lineup. There have already been plenty of rumors that Napoli will move for Manchester City's Edin Dzeko.

That would be an excellent start, but Dzeko won't command anywhere near the €63 million mark Cavani will bring, which will allow for Napoli to add more pieces with Cavani's fee.

They must feel a deal is a sure thing, as Napoli have already added Brazilian keeper Rafael for €5 million. The South American is an excellent addition, as veteran Morgan De Sanctis is no longer a capable starter, and possibly on his way to Roma. The 23-year-old is an excellent addition for now and years to come for Napoli.

In addition, Napoli must add everywhere. Their back line was suspect all last season and the midfield must improve. Furthermore, assuming Cavani leaves, there must be more options for Rafa Benitez up front beyond Goran Pandev and Lorenzo Insigne.

With that being said, Insigne will be a strong attacker for years to come. The question is whether he is ready to break out this year or if it will be another year before he is ready.

It's never easy to see a player who meant so much for a club to depart, but in this case, Napoli may be better for it in terms of what they're able to add. 

If Napoli want to truly compete in the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia, they must add depth and improve their starting lineup. Juventus are already improving from what was an impressive lineup last season. AC Milan will have the benefit of a full season with Stephan El Shaarawy and Mario Balotelli. 

If Napoli hope to compete again next year, they must match their rivals to the North in terms of additions, or risk a significant relapse. Cavani's sale will provide them with more than enough funds to do so. 

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