After three consecutive Champions League titles, Real Madrid are now a club in transition. Most of their first team stars are not long-term options and to add to it, they have lost their talisman in Cristiano Ronaldo to Italian giants Juventus this summer. The Portuguese international was the top goal scorer for the club in each of those three seasons and will be close to impossible to replace this summer.
The new manager at the Bernabeu, Julen Lopetegui, has a tough task in his hands, in replacing the creativity and goals that Ronaldo had on offer every week. This has seen Real Madrid scout for a number of high profile names for a move this summer and one name now doing the rounds is Uruguayan international Edinson Cavani.
Having started his senior career in Uruguay, Cavani moved to Italy for the first time with Palermo in 2007 and in his three years at the club, he established himself as a ruthless goal scorer, of the highest order. He moved to Naples in 2010 and spent another three years there, truly making a name for himself as one of the best strikers in Europe. He registered 104 goals and 18 assists in just 138 games for the club in all competitions before moving to France with PSG in 2013.
Playing alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cavani managed 25 and 31 goals in his first two seasons in Ligue 1 but in the last couple of campaigns, he has registered insane numbers, scoring a goal in almost every game.
He registered 36 goals and six assists last season in France and was also a part of the World Cup squad that bowed out to France in the quarterfinals in Russia. Cavani scored three goals in four games in the World Cup as well, and even at 31, has shown that he is at the top of his game.
He is a natural goal scorer and is a real asset to have and it is understood that he has now turned into the top transfer target for Los Blancos this summer. The report claims Cavani’s salary will be €12m plus €2m (£12.4m total) net and that he is an alternative for Eden Hazard, who is valued over £170m.
PSG are happy to sell Cavani, as it will highlight Neymar Jr next season but with Karim Benzema, who is also 30, acting as the main man up front, it is hard to see Cavani fit in at the Bernabeu. He does add goals to the side but he is not really a player that will replace the creativity of Ronaldo. But do you think he is the right man for Real Madrid?