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The recent years in competitive football have seen the emergence of a number of cash rich clubs. This has especially prompted the other “lesser” sides to resort to swapping players, to make up for the cash deficit and also ensure contentment for all parties concerned. According to The Daily Mail, the latest club to rely upon such desperate means for cost cutting is Chelsea. The West London side are hoping to reduce their expenses by offering the misfiring-at-times Fernando Torres (plus a fair bit of cash) to Napoli for their Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani.
Chelsea’s proposal could also be fuelled by an interest to remove Manchester City from the race to bag Cavani's signature. The Manchester side are ready to offer Edin Dzeko to facilitate a move for Cavani. However, with Rafael Benitez having signed up as the Serie A side’s manager, an offer for Torres might top any other, with both the Spaniards being at ease working with each other.
Cavani has a release clause reported to be worth around 60 million Euros, and Jose Mourinho, who is desperate to sign a form striker, is reportedly refusing to rely on Fernando Torres. Cavani, who has scored a scintillating 78 goals in 104 Serie A games for his club (which includes 29, scored this term), could prove to be an important addition for the Blues who are currently in search for a solid forward to support their highly potent midfielders with goals. The duo of Demba Ba and Torres have scored a mere 23 goals for Chelsea in the Premiership this season, which is in sharp contrast to the 25 goals scored between the trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard, not to forget the 28 assists the latter have produced.
However, a denial from the Naples side for both Torres and Dzeko, cannot be ruled out. Despite showing a great deal of faith in Torres, coach Benitez knows that Cavani would be a much more valuable asset for the club than the Spaniard (or the Bosnian for that matter). Although the Blues’ forward has shown much promise in European competitions, it’s Cavani who knows the Italian turf well, and could help the side in its challenge for the Serie A title.