The summer transfer window: The time of year when all us who get so much news from the English media are reminded the world doesn’t revolve around the Premier League. It’s just a shame our favorite outlets don’t seem to have learned this lesson.
Let’s take, for example, one Edinson Cavani. One of the best forwards in the world, the Uruguayan has been linked prominently with Manchester City. Chelsea’s also come up, but among the English tabloids there’s little mention of one obvious, glaring caveat: Real Madrid also seems to be looking for a number nine. And like most players from South America, Cavani seems to have long held dreams of playing for one of Spain’s big two.
His words, as relayed by the Express:
“As a child I dreamed of playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona,” Cavani said. “But now I am proud to be at Napoli, this is important.”
“On my future I cannot say anything, because I still do not know anything.
“I do not get distracted at all when I hear about offers and interest from other teams, I am used to it now. Honestly, I still have a contract and I just think about Napoli.”
That contract runs through the 2016 season, so there’s no reason for Cavani to leave Napoli unless he wants to move. But with Walter Mazzarri replaced by Rafa Benítez, Cavani may elect to move on, elected to bypass the uncertainties of a new regime to make the next, logical step in his career. Capoli could elect to play tough, having Cavani under contract for the next three years, but when players of Cavani’s stature want to take a step up, all parties are usually given incentive to play along.
Napoli should also consider where Cavani’s at in his career. He’s 26 years old. He scored 78 Serie A goals over the last three years, a well-established track record that’s unlikely to improve. It’s unlikely his value will ever he higher, so if Napoli were ever going to sell him, now — during a transition to a new coach and new system — seems as good a time as ever, especially if City, Real, and Chelsea can be tempted to bid against each other.
Ultimately, if Cavani has his choice, he’s likely to go to Spain, something that gets overlooked every time English media starts churning up links between South American players and English clubs. If Real Madrid or Barcelona want these players, they’re going, part of the reason years of rumors linking Neymar to Chelsea never made sense. Players like him or Cavani don’t pass up their chance to move to Spain’s big two anymore than a lifelong Yankee fan turns his back on New York when the Bronx Bombers come with a competitive offer.
There’s always a chance Real Madrid will elect to pass on Cavani. Maybe they prefer Luis Suárez? Or maybe Napoli will be able to hold on to their increasingly talismanic striker.
But whenever a Cavani report hits those English fish wraps, it needs to be said: If either cbig lub wants him, he’s going to Spain.