According to Givemefootball.com, both Newcastle United and Arsenal are interested in acquiring the services of 24-year-old striker Edinson Cavani. The prolific striker first started making waves at last year’s World Cup, where his performances for Uruguay saw his national side end up fourth in the competition.
He currently leads the line at Serie A club Napoli (on loan from Palermo) where he has grabbed an astonishing 29 goals in just 40 appearances. We’re not talking about a player who has scored a bunch of goals in a tepid Dutch or Danish League – this is a man who has established himself as a proven goal-scorer in a League renowned for being home to tough, well-organised defences.
Newcastle United find themselves in an odd situation – whilst they are not in contention for a position in Europe (and thus may struggle to attract big names) – they do have money to spend. Indeed, the £35m that United earned through the sale of Andy Carroll may just be enough to persuade Palermo to let their man go and the promise of regular Premier League football may prove enticing to the Uruguayan international.
Whilst a marquee signing such as this would be a statement of Newcastle and Alan Pardew’s aspirations, I have to say that I don’t see Cavani becoming a United player. Firstly, to spend that much money on another striker, when they already had a fantastic world-class striker in Andy Carroll just seems bizarre. Why sell a proven Premier League striker to bring in another unproven striker from the Serie A? The move would stoke the fire of those who argue that Carroll shouldn’t have been sold in the first place. I expect the money that Newcastle received for Carroll will be spread around on two-or-three decent players.
Arsenal’s interest is also questionable. £35m is a huge figure, especially for a manager such as Arsene Wenger whose philosophy rarely extends to making break-the-bank transfers. Whilst Arsenal would likely prove a more tempting prospect for Cavani than Newcastle, I expect that Wenger will, should he be in the market for a striker, take the plunge on a cheaper option (probably one that we’ve never heard of too).
Whilst I have my reservations about whether Edinson Cavani will become a Newcastle United or Arsenal player this summer, a quick look at the video below reveals that he’s unlikely to remain at Napoli for too much longer.
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