This weekend, Manchester City reportedly joined the race for Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, but would the Uruguayan forward be an improvement on the man he is likely to replace, Edin Dzeko?
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Man City rumours
While sources close to the player insist that Cavani is not looking to leave the Parc des Princes, the player is reportedly growing increasing disenchanted in Paris and is unhappy at being used out of position and playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
His suspected unhappiness has prompted rumours linking the forward to a move away from Ligue 1, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and Juventus among the majors club believed to be interested in the former Napoli man.
However, the Sun [via Foot Mercato] now believe that City are keen to recruit the striking superstar.
Considering the stats, he would be a better bet than current Citizens star Dzeko.
The Bosnian has endured a poor campaign, managing only four shots in 22 appearances. Cavani hasn’t enjoyed an outstanding season, but his 32 appearances have produced 13 goals, not shabby when you remember that he is often played on the right flank.
Dzeko has proved to be more effective in the air—winning, on average 1.8 aerial battles per match, according to WhoScored, compared to only 0.3 for Cavani.
Beyond that, there isn’t too much to separate the pair—Dzeko averages two shots-per-game, compared to Cavani’s three, while they contribute roughly a similar number of key passes.
In the Champions League, it is worth noting that Cavani has far outshone his potential teammate—scoring six in 10, compared to Dzeko’s six goalless performances.