Fernando Torres was set to be our main man this season, our number one striker. He had re-discovered some form late last season, and got golden boot at the Euro’s. So was this big money Spaniard about to become one of the best strikers in Chelsea’s history? No, is the answer to that, if you believe this morning’s press.
Numerous press have reported late last night and this morning that Chelsea are once again looking closely at Napoli forward, Edinson Cavani, who has been on the scouting radar for some time now, and Chelsea are said to have made a fresh enquiry.
Cavani is said to be available for around £35 million, but would want to be one of the highest earners at the club, allegedly demanding a wage of around 150k a week. An expensive acquisition if he was to be a back up striker.
So this would suggest that, if a deal is done for Cavani, it could be the end for Fernando Torres. Chelsea will not play with two centre forwards, Di Matteo likes to go with one. Having said that, Cavani can play anywhere across the front line and has played wider before. But however they play, there is no way either Torres or Cavani would be prepared to sit on the bench and rotate with the other. Torres became frustrated last season because of that exact reason, and Cavani, one of Europe’s hottest properties at the moment, is too big a player to want to do the same.
Cavani is a Uruguay international who has hit over 30 goals a season for the last two seasons. The 26-year-old holds a hugely impressive goal scoring record throughout his career scoring 114 goals in just 240 appearances, he normally averages a goal every other game, which is exactly what Chelsea need from their front man.
Will Chelsea want to splash the cash? I’m not so sure, although they are looking to fill the massive hole left by Didier Drogba, they do have the options of highly rated Romelu Lukaku and also Danny Sturridge who wants to play as a centre forward. An impressive back up for Fernando Torres if you ask me.
But this may just provide the fact that Chelsea staff are just not confident in their golden locked number nine, and with so many media sources reporting this story today, there is clearly truth behind them and an enquiry has surely been made.
In my opinion, Cavani is a world-class forward, and to see him turn out for Chelsea, I’d have to say would very much excite me. But having said that, I feel it is a lot of money to spend on him, the wage bill will rise immensely, and I personally do still possess a high confidence that Fernando Torres will do the business this season, and become our own 30 goal a season striker.
It is a subject that has caused huge debate this morning on social networking sites and amongst friends at work, it’s probably caused the most split decisions of this transfer window so far, I feel that around half of the Chelsea supporters want Cavani, and half do not.
Simon Phillips – News Editor
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