Edinson Cavani: Why PSG Would Not Be the Right Choice for Uruguay Striker

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Edinson Cavani: Why PSG Would Not Be the Right Choice for Uruguay Striker
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With a big-money move to PSG at the point of completion, Edinson Cavani would appear to have the footballing world at his feet.

But is the Napoli star making the right move at this point of his career, or have the astronomical figures involved in the transfer clouded his better judgement?

 

According to Alec Fenn of Goal.com, PSG are preparing to pay the Italian club in the region of €60 million for Cavani's services, but the transfer is already causing friction in Paris, if Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis' is to be believed.

"(Zlatan) Ibrahimovic will not play with Cavani, he has been promised a transfer," De Laurentiis told Tutto Napoli.

"Cavani is attached only to the money."

Even if the Napoli president's prediction about the departure of the charismatic Swede turns out to be false, he does raise an important point.

Is there room in the same 11 for two giant front men in the same team? Competition for forward spots will be intense, and the similarities between Cavani and Ibrahimovic could count against both of them regularly starting together in the same side.

Neither high-profile player will be content if consistently relegated to the bench, and there is a risk that tensions could develop within the squad.

The sheer size of the reputed fee to be paid for the Uruguayan means the move comes with a certain amount of pressure attached.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte has already commenced the sniping, as reported by Dylan Fahy in The Independent:

Juventus boss Antonio Conte smirked when the subject of Cavani finalising a move to Paris was brought up in his first press conference of the new season.

“PSG have given Napoli a great gift. I wished he would stay because we have almost always beaten them with him. Now they have £54m to spend instead.”

The statement will not be appreciated by his arch rivals, but definitely hits home on just how much he costs.

Another Juventus legend, Ciro Ferrara, flat-out advised Cavani against the PSG move, according to Corriere dello Sport (h/t ESPN):

With all the respect for my friend [Laurent] Blanc [the new PSG coach], PSG don't have the same attraction as Real Madrid and Chelsea.

If I were to choose, I would certainly not go to Paris.

Napoli fans' adulation of Cavani is a factor that must also have played on the striker's mind when weighing up the move.

He is idolized as a hero in the southern Italian city, a status he is unlikely to reach in Paris, even if he continues his impressive goalscoring feats.

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With 104 strikes to his name while playing for Napoli, Cavani was on the brink of surpassing Diego Maradona's all-time record of 115 goals for the club and cementing his place as a legend in Naples.

Rated as one of the world's premier strikers, Cavani could have chosen to move to almost any club in Europe, or to have stayed put at Napoli.

It appears the prestige associated with a club like Real Madrid or the satisfaction of playing in front of adoring supporters at Napoli did not match up to the lure of a larger pay packet at PSG.

Let's hope, for Cavani's sake, that he does not live to regret his final decision.

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