Anfield side chase Serie a goal machine.
Liverpool are making early moves for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to Calciomercato.it.
Reports in the Daily Mail put Cavani’s valuation at around £40m and that would be one hell of a price for Liverpool to pay given that they spent £35m on Andy Carroll just a year ago, a move that as yet has not really paid off.
Edinson Cavani is a top notch striker who can’t stop scoring for Napoli, scoring 51 goals in 72 appearances for the San Paolo side, and there could be some scope in the rumour that the Uruguayan could look to leave his Naples club as currently Walter Mazzarri’s side sit in seventh spot in Serie A, some 12 points off top spot and more crucially nine off Champions League qualification.
Liverpool could well do with more firepower, having netted just 25 goals in 22 Premier League matches but perhaps Dalglish is more likely to make a move for a back-up option rather than another big name signing who could rock Carroll’s confidence.
That said, Cavani’s physical presence could well lend itself well to life in the Premier League and his hold up play and ability to make something out of nothing could well make him the ideal strike partner for his fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez, who is soon to return from his eight match ban, a period that has seen Liverpool fall off the pace in their chase for a top four spot.
Liverpool’s American owners forked out over £100m on new players in 2011 but a large chunk of that outlay was covered by player sales, including around £65m made from selling Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles to Chelsea, so the club has the funds to make big signings, this fact being confirmed earlier in the week by chief executive Ian Ayre.
Cavani has been linked with moves to many of Europe’s elite so one would wonder if the 24 year old would consider a move to Liverpool this month, a move in the summer may prove more fruitful but only if Dalglish has secured a spot back in the coveted Champions League club.