Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has warned the Blues that acquiring Edinson Cavani would be a gamble, especially considering how things worked out with other big-name forwards in Radamel Falcao and Gonzalo Higuain.
The Times report that the London side have made a bid for the Uruguayan striker with a view of signing him on loan for the rest of the season, with the attacker looking to leave French supremos Paris Saint-Germain in search of more playing time.
Chelsea are said to have made a loan offer of £5 million and are willing to cover Cavani’s £360,000-a-week wages but PSG prefer moving the striker on a permanent deal, while he is reported to have his eyes set on La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid.
With just about a week left to go before the transfer window slams shut, anything can happen. And Cascarino, who spent two years at Chelsea as a player, reckons the Uruguay international could be a great signing at the right price yet warns that it would be a gamble.
“If you can get him, he’s available and he can come at the right price, yes,” the erstwhile forward told talkSPORT. “Cavani has scored unbelievable goals for PSG, he always gets chances, every time I’ve watched him he gets chances to score.
“You don’t want to bring in people who are going to unsettle it slightly, but, if it works for the club, yes it’s a really good deal. What we’re seeing in this market is that loan deals are more realistic than buying players at the moment.”
“It would be a gamble [to sign Cavani].
Cascarino has also sympathised with France forward Olivier Giroud, who has been mostly overlooked by Frank Lampard this season. Giroud could secure a move to Internazionale this month but the Italian side are also reported to be looking at Napoli’s Fernando Llorente, something which could leave the Frenchman in the cold and possibly dash Chelsea’s pursuit of Cavani.
“I’ve never quite understood why [Olivier] Giroud has been cast aside so quickly,” Cascarino added. “He did brilliantly for Arsenal and he came to Chelsea, and he wasn’t the no.1 choice but then became the no.1 choice – and he leads the line for France.
“I think it’s strange that he’s been pushed aside.
“Tammy [Abraham] did really well and has become the No.1, but he’s now had the dip every young player has, and Chelsea should have always prepared for that.”
Abraham’s dip has coincided with a poor spell for the Blues, who have failed to win three of their last five Premier League games. Fortunately, the trailing Manchester United have been dropping points and Chelsea’s recent draw against Arsenal saw them open a six-point gap over the Red Devils.
The Blues are still favoured to finish in the top four and fans looking to bet on that outcome would likely welcome the opportunity to claim free bets from all the top betting companies in the UK. Bet365 are offering 8/15 odds on Lampard’s men finishing in a Champions League place while United are 9/2. Odds have shortened for Tottenham, who are now 7/2 after their win over Norwich City on Wednesday.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are 20/1 with Ladbrokes and the bookies are offering 8/1 on Wolves while Sheffield United are at 40/1 and Everton are at 66/1.
The Blues are 13/8 to creep into the top 3 on the Betfair Exchange but, given the eight-point difference between themselves and Leicester City (2/9), as well as their wobbly form, it seems highly unlikely at the moment.