Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Must Keep Chasing Edinson Cavani

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2014

PSG's Edinson Cavani, left raises his hands after scoring the opening goal during a Group C Champions League soccer match between Benfica and PSG at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013.(AP Photo/Armando Franca)
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Edinson Cavani has been linked to Chelsea for some time now (as reported by 101 Great Goals), and it would seem people around the French Ligue 1 are doing everything they can to make sure the Uruguayan hitman stays with his current club, Paris Saint-Germain.

According to a report from L'Equipe, via David Anderson of the Mirror, Cavani is unhappy in the French capital as coach Laurent Blanc keeps insisting on playing him out wide.

Nancy coach Pablo Correa, a compatriot of Cavani, even took the time to warn the former Napoli man that a move to the English Premier League "would be a bad idea":

I'm hearing it said that he's unhappy at PSG, but Cavani doesn't have an arrogant or egocentric personality like some big stars. The proof is that he's very quickly adapted to Laurent Blanc's system.

Correa also explained why there is no debate over the French league possibly being viewed as inferior to the EPL in Uruguay:

That debate doesn't exist in Uruguay for the simple and good reason that Ligue 1 isn't broadcast there, unlike the Premier League or La Liga

On the other hand, people are interested in PSG and know that the club has the ability to become a huge team in Europe.

Cavani moved to PSG from Napoli last summer and found immediate success with the club, scoring 18 goals in 27 games (according to The Uruguayan has mainly been used as a wide striker to make room for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG's main man in the centre.

And while Cavani has been successful out on the wing, there's no denying part of his immense potential is being wasted by not playing him in a central role. Cavani has a very strong aerial game and is a lethal finisher who needs to play as close to the opposing goal as possible.

The Uruguayan is quite soft-spoken and not likely to make a fuss, but all reports indicate he's upset at his role out wide. And that's where Chelsea come into play:

Chelsea's forwards have been the butt of jokes all season long, and even though Samuel Eto'o has somewhat improved over the past few months, the position is still one of the team's main weaknesses. Mourinho's faith in Eto'o as a part of Chelsea's future is limited, to say the least (via the Mirror):

As for Fernando Torres, it's safe to say he'll never go back to being the world-class poacher we saw at Atletico Madrid and his first few seasons at Liverpool. Torres is serviceable at best, and for a club such as Chelsea, that's not good enough.

The Blues have Romelu Lukaku, of course, and his development with West Bromwich Albion and Everton has been encouraging. The Belgian has the potential to be a very good (and maybe even great) striker but still struggles with consistency, which is to be expected from someone not old enough to legally order a beer in some countries.

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba believes in Lukaku, according to the Mirror:

But with a long EPL, UEFA Champions League and several domestic cups, English football has one of the harshest schedules around. Depth isn't just important—it's vital to winning a championship. Teams need more than one option at centre-forward if they want to compete all season.

Cavani can help Chelsea, without a doubt. He would be an instant upgrade over any of the other options and would transform Chelsea's attack into arguably the league's best.

But Chelsea can also help Cavani.

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The Uruguayan is simply too good to play second fiddle to Ibrahimovic, and he's too good a striker to be wasted on the wing. Cavani deserves to start for a top team, and after years in Serie A, he deserves to play in a top league.

The right offer could convince PSG that it's time to end the Cavani experiment and send the Uruguayan to Stamford Bridge, and the Blues must do everything in their power to make it happen. It's a move that would benefit all parties and one that needs to happen.