Edinson Cavani: Time to Depart Naples

By Aydin Reyhan
Edinson Cavani
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Uruguayan international striker Edinson Cavani may be on his way out of his beloved club Napoli of the Italian Serie A. Being there since 2010, and after making 104 appearances, he has scored 74 times. The record speaks for itself. Therefore, the interest from England and Spain is all for good reason.

Cavani has been in the Serie A since 2007 as he began his career in Italy with Palermo. There, he had 34 goals in 109 appearances. He played well for Palermo, but even better in Naples. Now, he is finally ready for a new adventure.

He is quick, fast, tall, strong and intelligent. He can score with his feet as well as his head. He is efficient in scoring in either way. He can be a huge help to whichever club he decides to join.

Rumors around the internet are stating that Cavani is being watched by English Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea, while Real Madrid from Spain’s La Liga, are also interested. Both leagues are tougher than the Serie A, but he will adapt sooner than later if he is to join a team from either country.

Chelsea have Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, but neither striker is as efficient in front of net as the 26-year-old Uruguayan. Therefore, if new coach Jose Mourinho were to sign him, he would immediately enter the starting 11 as the lone striker in the 4-2-3-1 formation. He could certainly rack up more goals than Torres/Ba and clinch more victories for the club.

Manchester City have Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez. With one or two of those players about to leave the club, Cavani could fill in the void to the fullest as he could certainly become the difference between a second place finish and winning the league. That may seem far-fetched, but let’s remember that City have missed a lot of chances this past season that disallowed them to win many games they easily could have.

Real Madrid is apparently Cavani’s “dream” club. If he joins the former league champions, he would play with all of his heart, soul and skill, since he loves the club so much. With Higuain leaving possibly for Arsenal, he can enter the starting line-up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and company to form one of the most formidable attacks in the world. If anyone deserves to play for Real Madrid, he is certainly a wonderful candidate.

Even with all of the interest he is receiving, he also stated that he loves Napoli, so if he stays, it would not be the worst of circumstances for the striker. Although, staying may hinder his chances of ever winning a league or European title. He, as well as his new coach — Rafa Benitez — have a decision to make.

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