Atletico Madrid haven’t been at their best this season. Though they continue to be watertight at the back, Los Rojiblancos have struggled up front. 20 goals is the least in the Top 6, with the departure of Antoine Griezmann making the side less potent up front. Joao Felix is still adapting to the league, whilst Costa and Morata have 9 goals between them. Hardly blockbuster. Diego Simeone needs a goalscorer, could Edinson Cavani be his man?

According to trusted source Di Marzio, the Uruguayan had agreed a 3 year contract with the Spanish side. But now, it seems like the door has opened to a move to the Premier League. Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with the striker. The former in particular, who are now obviously without Marcus Rashford for the next 2-3 months. That attack needs someone who can put the ball in the back of the net, even if it’s for the short term with Cavani.

The PSG striker’s contract expires in the summer after six prolific seasons with the French giants. Cavani is still a force to be reckoned with, even at 32. With Premier League sides now in the race, we take a look at why Edinson Cavani is a shrewd bit of business…

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After bursting on the scene in his native Uruguay with Danubio, Cavani earned a move to Italy with Palermo where he established himself as a composed finisher in front of goal.

Edinson Cavani at Napoli

He was subsequently rewarded with a switch to Napoli where he formed a devastating attack alongside Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Three 30+ goal scoring seasons, including 38 in 2012, speaks for itself really. Cavani was now one of Europe’s most lethal strikers and was linked with Europe’s top clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester City and PSG. He ended up joining the latter for a staggering €64 million.

PSG’s unsung hero

The Uruguayan international’s dominance has continued in the Parc des Princes, becoming PSG’s all time top scorer and winning title after title with
Les Parisiens (well, the last bit’s not hard to be honest…) Neymar and Kylian Mbappé tend to dominant French headlines, yet Cavani is hardly finished at the top level.

Edinson Cavani at PSG

Though his game time has been reduced over the last two seasons, 23 goals in all competitions last season playing second fiddle to the big two is still an impressive feat. The two seasons prior (16/17 and 17/18), the former Napoli striker had scored over 40 goals in all competitions. A goal scoring machine.

Edinson Cavani – Style of Play

The 32 year old is an industrious forward, able to be deployed centrally or on either wing and covers incredible distance during 90 minutes, whilst also managing to have an elegance about everything he does. From scoring tap ins to long range belters, his goal scoring portfolio is unmatched.

Cavani makes intelligent runs into the box and with his ability to hold up the ball, can receive all sorts of passes without difficulty. His prowess in the air is also unmatched, as shown by his thumping header against Portugal in the World Cup. He’s also an excellent free kick taker which is always a bonus.

Edinson Cavani in action for Uruguay

Edinson Cavani is what many would describe as the perfect striker. Pace, strength, intelligence, goals, his skill set is unique and his track record speaks for itself. With just 6 months left on his contract, he won’t be expensive. Low risk, with potentially high rewards. Is he the striker from 3-4 seasons ago? Perhaps not. But he can still score goals, something Manchester United and Atletico Madrid are crying out for. Whoever he joins, I’m sure he’ll be a success. If not, it’s not like they’ve burst the bank for him.

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