Chelsea could be set to pull out of the race for Edinson Cavani, according to reports. The Evening Standard is claiming that the wages he demands might prove to be a stumbling block in any move for the Uruguayan forward.
Frank Lampard yesterday revealed his admiration of Cavani in his pre-match press conference on the club website. He revealed his love for the 32-year-old’s mentality and impressive goalscoring record. This understandably got some Chelsea fans excited.
However, it now seems that a move is unlikely. The PSG striker is currently on a reported wage of £360,000-a-week, which works out at around £19 million a season. Those would be truly ridiculous wages to spend on a 32-year-old that could only be at the club on a short-term basis.
The Blues are in the market for attacking reinforcements after a recent stumble in their league form. Lampard’s side has struggled to create and convert chances of late. A player of Cavani’s caliber would certainly help solve that problem.
As Lampard stated himself, the player has an unbelievable goalscoring record. During his time in France, he has scored an incredible 198 goals in 293 appearances. The former Napoli forward has notched over 350 goals across his career and could teach the young Chelsea forwards a thing or two.
His movement off the ball, natural finishing ability, and power in the air make him an extremely good fit for the Premier League. He would be a great signing for Lampard, but if he is not willing to take a pay cut the move will just not happen. Paying any player that kind of money sets the wrong kind of precedent.