Liverpool switch focus to Edinson Cavani capture
Liverpool, available at a market best price of 12/1 to win the Premier League, are set to turn their attention to PSG hitman Edinson Cavani in their search for a striker.
Despite swooping for young attacking stars such as Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi, Brendan Rodgers has had little luck in securing a senior replacement for Luis Suarez. The Reds boss requires a high calibre recruit to provide the same level of potency as the prolific Uruguayan, who netted 31 times in 33 Premier League appearances last term.
Cavani, 27, is currently plying his trade for PSG in Ligue 1, after making a reported £55m switch from Napoli last summer. After scoring over 30 goals in each of the three seasons he represented the Italian outfit, the fearsome frontman had a somewhat disappointing campaign for his new club last term, although he still managed to net an impressive 25 times in 43 outings.
The former Palermo forward’s form seems to have suffered due to playing a supporting role at the French club, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic clearly the leading man, and Cavani often operating out wide to accommodate him.
A move to Anfield to replace departed compatriot and Uruguay teammate Suarez may benefit Cavani, who could spearhead Liverpool’s title charge.
Rodgers would likely have to fork out an eye-watering amount for the South American striker, even with PSG seemingly keen to sell, as the French giants will need to recoup some of the reported £50m fee they splashed out on Brazilian defender David Luiz. Offloading one of their most valuable assets could help the capital club stay within FIFA fair play rules.
Apparent interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United could rock the boat for Rodgers, though, with the Northern Irishman hoping to sign off from the summer transfer window in style.
Cavani’s agent recently stoked rumours of a switch to the Premier League himself, revealing:
“There was much interest in the player during the past six months. I can confirm that Cavani has heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal.”
“He would love to play in England, but has not yet made a final decision.”
Luring Cavani to Liverpool would be a morale-boosting coup and serious signal of intent, following the collapse of a deal with QPR for French forward Loic Remy. The Reds had also been strongly linked with a loan move for Monaco poacher Radamel Falcao, but recent reports indicate Rodgers has been rebuffed, with the Colombian supposedly keen on a transfer to Real Madrid.
However, with recent fears over Daniel Sturridge’s fitness, acquiring another forward has become crucial for Liverpool, who are 9/2 to be top northwest club this term.