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Rumour Mongering: Cavani to Replace Suarez at Anfield

With Luis Suarez having left Liverpool and Edinson Cavani looking for a way out at PSG, it was inevitable one Uruguayan striker would be rumoured to replace the other at Anfield.

Laurence Griffiths

Last summer, Edinson Cavani left Napoli, drawn to France by the wheelbarrow of cash on offer at PSG. With the big spending side willing to offer €64.5M for him, Napoli were content to let him go. Now, rumour has it that Cavani has told his agent to find him a new home after his year's in Paris turned out to be the disaster anyone without Euro signs in their eyes knew it would be going in.

Cavani got his payday, but he also got shunted wide in a side built around Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and his play suffered. Despite scoring 16 league goals, Cavani looked a shell of the player who had been talked about as one of the world's best strikers in Italy. Things didn't get much better when the World Cup rolled around, as a season played out of position in France left him looking largely ineffective for his country.

A few years ago, Uruguay had two of the top five strikers on the planet in Cavani and Luis Suarez. Now it's just Suarez, and it looks like Cavani has recognised the toll his PSG move has taken on his career. It seems exceptionally unlikely, though, that any club will be quick to bite on the £50M fee it would likely take to get PSG to sell the out of form 27-year-old just a year after paying a small fortune for his services.

That reality, though, doesn't seem to have stopped Cavani's people from making it known that he's available. And with his name being floated, it's inevitable the rumour mongers would link him to replace his departed compatriot at Liverpool. He has also been linked to Manchester United, though given their current wage bill and pair of big-name strikers, it's hard to see where Cavani fits there.

It's hard to see where he would fit at Liverpool, either. Coming off a terrible season and looking clearly inferior to Suarez with Uruguay for some time, he would take up at least two-thirds of the fee Liverpool just received for Suarez and would want absolutely massive wages. It's the kind of marquee signing that seems exciting based on name recognition but wouldn't actually make a lot of sense.

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