Rumours have been circling that Tottenham are willing to make a bid worth around £30 million for Palermo pair Edinson Cavani and Simon Kjaer. Focusing on Cavani in particular, could the Uruguayan solve a problem for Harry Redknapp in the forward position at White Hart Lane?
On any potential deal Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini said:
“Tottenham have bid €35m, an offer we cannot refuse, seeing as the two players have both said they want to leave.”
Many fans have argued that with Champions League football in the offing that the Lilywhites must invest in a top quality striker as Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko are not the most prolific bunch. Of course Defoe scored 18 Premier League goals last season, but five of those were in the same game and he could probably benefit from a top quality strike partner.
However, although Cavani has impressed for Uruguay in the World Cup he is mostly there to supplement the goal scoring talents of Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan (another reported Tottenham target).
Last season the 23-year-old Uruguayan played 34 games in the Italian Serie A for Palermo and scored 13 goals.
Redknapp is desperate to boost his playing squad ahead of his first ever Champions League football campaign and may see Cavani as a player who is ideal for both the UEFA competition and Premier League as he is fairly physically imposing figure standing at 188cm (6 ft 2 inches) tall. Cavani is also young, so has plenty of time to improve on his game and find his vital goal scoring touch.
Other reports suggest the Cavani may shun the likes of Tottenham and Manchester City as he hopes to become the ‘Wayne Rooney of Inter Milan’.
He certainly rates his own ability and believes he is just what any team needs as he is fairly versatile:
“Today I am a striker who can adapt to different roles. Put it this way, I would like to become the Wayne Rooney of Inter Milan. I want to be a striker who can play many roles.”
Despite the rumours the north London club have denied the link, but the Palermo President’s comments must have some weight to them. At the very least it shows that Zamparini is willing to sell.
Do Tottenham fans believe Cavani can have a major impact at White Hart Lane? Surely £28 for both Cavani and Kjaer would be a bargain deal seeing as Cavani alone was valued around €25 million originally?
Here is a video showing the talents of Edinson Cavani: