Is Edinson Cavani Worth the Money?

By Thomas O'Dell
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Edinson Cavani has longed been linked with a move to many of Europe’s biggest and most ambitious clubs, but thus far, he’s not left Napoli, where he became a superstar.

He is tied to a long term contract in Italy and is very much Napoli’s prized asset. Premier League giants Chelsea are the club believed to be closest to securing the Uruguayan’s signature.

But the question is, is he worth it? There’s no doubt he’s a clinical finisher. So many clubs in Italy will testify to that, and his bulging goal-scoring record is another exhibit.

The truth is Cavani hasn’t quite done it on the international stage. Many people tune in to see this wonder-kid which has been hyped and promoted only to turn the television off in disappointment.

He is a very athletic player who can hold up the ball and adjust his body to apply almost every type of finish. He’s a threat in the air and can hold off the sternest of challenges.

He scored a terrific free-kick in the third place game against Italy in the Confederations Cup, his second of the game. Also, he scored a scuffed goal in the semi-final against Brazil.

There are big numbers being touted for his transfer fee, and he may well be in the Premier League next season. It would be a great signing for Chelsea, who are lacking a goal-scoring machine to be the focal point of their menacing attack, despite having Fernando Torres and Demba Ba available to them.

The Premier League is where his credentials will really be tested, and it looks like that’s where he’s heading. But of course a lot of things can change in football.

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