Having arrived in Paris to much fanfare in the summer of 2013, it has been an eventful four seasons in the French capital for Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan hotshot plundered over 100 strikes for Napoli in just three years, and fully expected to continue his goalscoring exploits with the Parisians as the leading marksman in the side. Unfortunately for Cavani, there was one sizable obstacle in the shape of Zlatan Ibrahimović, and the giant Swede was making way for no one. Of course, Ibrahimović had reason to command the number nine jersey as the club’s all-time top scorer, and perhaps the transfer came too soon for Luis Suarez’ international team-mate.
The Salto native was shunted out to the right flank for his first three full campaigns at the French heavyweights and it wasn’t until the 2016-17 term that the Uruguayan could occupy his natural position. Cavani bagged an astonishing 48 efforts, a domestic double and a host of personal accolades, justifying PSG’s decision to spend £56m on the Napoli hero and the 2017-18 season was likely to be no different.
Cavani was entering the campaign having usurped Ibrahimović as the Parisians record scorer but the landscape of football – and his career altered on August 3, 2017 when Neymar was announced as the world’s most expensive footballer. The former Barcelona superstar arrived for a staggering £199m and was instantly considered top dog at Parc des Princes.
This didn’t go down well with Cavani, the man largely responsible for winning the title back at the first time of asking from Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco and it was a case of when, not if, these two big personalities would clash on the pitch. The South Americans found themselves tussling for a spot kick back in January, with Cavani a solitary goal away from a place in the history books, an honour that had to wait to be fulfilled and the ex-Palermo forward could face similar difficulty again this year.
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Cavani’s statistics speak for themselves, and he would certainly have suitors if he chose to move on. Chelsea have long been credited with having an interest in the striker but it could be a familar club that seals the deal. New Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is actively looking for a new figurehead and if patron Aurelio De Laurentiis could be persuaded in to funding the move, Cavani would be a game changing acquisition for the Serie A challengers.
As it stands, the smart money is on Cavani kicking-off the new season in France, particularly with a shorter transfer window and the player still recuperating from a hamstring injury sustained in Russia.
Despite this, Cavani is 31 and not getting any younger. With future Ballon d’Or winner Kylian Mbappe also occupying centre stage, it could be the perfect time for Cavani to return to his adoring crowd in Italy.