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Edinson Cavani’s Premier League journey

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Edinson Cavani, the Uraguyan striker is approaching the end of his potentially title-winning debut season with French giants Paris Saint-Germain. They head into tonight’s fixture against Rennes knowing a win would secure their second successive title. However, Cavani also has the world cup on his mind, as well as any possible transfer activity heading his way.

In recent weeks, there has been vast speculation concerning a move to England for the ex-Napoli man. Reports have said that Manchester United and Chelsea are very interested, and Roman Abramovich ready to end the hunt for Diego Costa for Cavani. PSG will not sell their new man cheaply however, with PSG reportedly setting a price tag of £60,000,000. But is he worth it?

Cavani can play anywhere in the front line, whether it be on the right, left or his favoured position of an out and out striker. Since his move to France, he has played more on the right, due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wonder season. When playing on the right, Cavani has scored 8 goals in 21 games. However, in his 9 appearances leading the line, he has scored 7- an impressive difference. He caught the eye of the world when playing up top for Italian side Napoli, where he scored 26 goals in his first season, 23 the next and 29 in his final season for them. This season, playing in a variety of roles for PSG, he has scored just 16.

Edinson Cavani is known for his devastating finishing, whether it be on the floor or in the air, he can finish It. The 6 ft striker is very strong, can hold the ball up and link play. His composure was defined by his goal against FC Bastia, where he cut inside from the left, dummied one player, rolled the ball past the keeper and slotted the ball into an empty net from a tight angle. His composure and skilfulness has meant that he has settled in well with the PSG fans, but has he settled in himself?

Reports that Cavani is unsettled are believable, he hasn’t been given the role he would have liked, and has not been promised this will be resolved next season. Therefore, a move to United, in my eyes, would be silly for him. With even more competition for places at Old Trafford, and with champions league football not being offered, Manchester United would be far from the preferred destination. Whereas Chelsea will maybe be looking to offload Fernando Torres, which leaves a space for a striker that scores naturally. The Blues also have money to spend. The question for Chelsea now is if they would prefer him or Diego Costa.

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Crystal Palace’s hopes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek return boosted after latest comments

The midfielder is unlikely to get what he’s after at his parent club.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek has boosted Crystal Palace‘s hopes of securing his services for another season, after claiming he will only remain with Chelsea this summer if guaranteed a regular first-team spot at Stamford Bridge next season, in quotes via Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park after making just 31 appearances for Chelsea since his debut in 2014, and his immense talents have earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this World Cup.

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“I want to play as much as I can,” revealed Loftus-Cheek. “Even this past season just gone, I didn’t play as much as I would have liked because of injuries. So I still feel I need a proper season of playing, wherever it is.”

Loftus-Cheek made 25 appearances for Roy Hodgson’s outfit last term, and is still unhappy with the amount of minutes he managed, so it’s pretty safe to assume Chelsea – given the disastrous domestic season they’ve just had – won’t be bettering his previous return, or be prioritising taking chances on academy products next season.

And Palace will be keen to offer the stylish midfielder a deal to extend his stay with the former England manager, where, if available, he will continue to be considered one of the first names on the team-sheet.

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Palace are likely to face competition from rival clubs though, as Loftus-Cheek is emerging as a star on the biggest stage of all in Russia; having flourished in his brief cameo against Tunisia. And he’s now considered likely to start against Panama, with Dele Alli nursing a slight injury.

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Aston Villa could reportedly owe John Terry £560,000 in wages

The owner may have to sell shares in the club.

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Aston Villa’s financial mess looks likely to continue, as the cash-strapped club could now owe captain John Terry a whopping £560,000 in wages, unless he transfers to a different club this summer, according to reports from the Times.

Villa are said to have reached an agreement with HMRC to postpone a payment of £4 million last week, but a further payment is expected this week and the club owner Tony Xia may have to go as far as to sell shares in the club to ensure all debts are paid.

The ex-Chelsea legend announced his impending departure from the midlands club last month, after they failed to secure Premier League promotion in the play-offs and his current contract is due to expire at the end of the month. But he is said to be entitled to a further month’s pay.

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His weekly-wage packet was said to be worth £70,000 at Villa Park, meaning the overdue payments from the last two-months add up to over half-a-million for the 37-year-old defender. However, the outstanding July payment will only stand if Terry retires or remains a free-agent, meaning Villa will be keen to land him a new club.

Villa reportedly need £40 million in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations (Birmingham Mail), after gambling that they would gain promotion to the Premier League this season.

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England must start Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after Panama reveal tactics

England must opt for creativity after the Panama captain’s comments

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Panama have revealed plans stifle England with a physical approach in their upcoming clash on Sunday, in quotes from captain Roman Torres on the Telegraph, and Gareth Southgate should ensure the Three Lions’ approach is suited to the style of opponent.

The Central Americans were beaten 3-0 by a star-studded Belgium outfit on Monday in their World Cup debut, meaning a win against England is pivotal in ensuring they remain in the competition beyond the group stages. And England will have a tough task taking the lion’s share of points on the day.

“England are a bit more direct than Belgium. They try to make use of the pace they have. We’ll need to be compact and limit their space,” revealed Torres told the Telegraph.

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And as a result England must employ the right tactics. Creativity and bravery will be key, as they will undoubtedly have the majority of possession, and Southgate will want to make it count. Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek added instant impetus to a languid outfit, after coming on late against Tunisia.

The team’s performance became full of purpose and directness in the last 20 minutes, with both taking the responsibility of carrying the ball forward and creating, and from that arrived the corner and subsequent winner from Harry Kane.

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The end product from the likes of Rashford was missing in the opening stages of the game also, as team-mate Jesse Lingard squandered a number of key opportunities to put the game to bed early, and Southgate will not want a repeat this time around.

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