In Focus: Everton wasting their time if they think they can get Edinson Cavani

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton are ready to rival Premier League rivals Chelsea and Serie A side Napoli for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who earns around £120,000-a-week after tax, following his bust-up with Neymar.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says that the Toffees are on alert after Cavani clashed with summer signing Neymar in PSG’s 2-0 win over Lyon, with the two attackers disagreeing over who should take the free-kicks and penalties.

The Daily Mail says that the Ligue 1 giants have been quick to play down the on-pitch rift between the two South Americans, but Cavani also grew frustrated previously when he played second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Parc des Princes.

The report adds that PSG are under pressure to sell in January in order to appease the financial fair play guidelines and selling the Uruguay international could allow them to keep hold of the likes of Julian Draxler, Lucas Moura and Angel Di Maria.

Could Everton really get him?

It is extremely unlikely.

While the Toffees want to make statements in the transfer market and may hold the advantage over Chelsea because they would be able to guarantee Cavani regular first team football, the fact that the Daily Mail says he is on £120,000-a-week after tax and will want to play Champions League football would already put a move in doubt.

His goal record last season was also unbelievable – he scored 49 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions – and the Daily Mail adds that competition could also come from the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund if the 30-year-old was put up for sale.

In other words, it would be one of the most surprising signings in Premier League history.

That said, Cavani will celebrate his 31st birthday in February and that could put some of the big clubs off if they are looking to the future.

What’s the likely outcome then?

Well, despite all of the rumours it would be no surprise to see Cavani and Neymar settle their differences and create a brilliant partnership for the rest of the season, but the Uruguayan may well find himself surplus to requirements next summer.