I was really sad when I heard the reports of us signing Cavani and keeping Lukaku. I don't think its a good idea.
Let us note , Chelsea plays in a 1 striker formation. Our major strengths are in attacking midfield and in wings (Oscar , Hazard , Mata) so I don't see us dropping to an attacking midfielder to accommodate 2 strikers or dropping a natural winger to play a striker out wide.
This may a not be a problem now , but will be in the future. I am confident that Lukaku can become an amazing striker and Chelsea legend in one or 2 seasons. He's already the best striker on our books
Has there ever been a club that kept 2 world class strikers on the books and had both of them playing and happy?( with the caveat that this club only plays 1 striker formations)
Real Madrid looks like it is the only case.(Higuain , Benzema) They seem to be happy with teh rotation.Then again, It looks like Higuain is on his way out this summer. Bayern have Gomez, Mandžukić and Pizzaro. But Gomez isn't happy that he has been displaced and he's on his way out.
Now usually this isn't a problem. You can sell one of your world class strikers get a big fat wad of cash.
However factor in the fact that we will be paying above the market price for Cavani at 63m euros. Let's say in one or two years Lukaku is ready to take up a starting spot.
Will we get a significant return on a Cavani that is one or two years older if we sell him? Likely not. Well then do we sell Lukaku, who has been at Chelsea since he was 18 and the heir-apparent to Didier Drogba? We'd likely get a big wad of money , but I couldn't stomach it.
There is a possible counterargument. Let's say that Cavani's on field production is so great in bringing us trophies and revenue , that this on field production makes up for the substantial loss in transfer fee we will be getting when we sell him 1,2 or 3 seasons down the line. This is definitely a consideration.
Perhaps I am overestimating Lukaku's development and he won't be elite until he has 3-4 seasons under his belt. Perhaps Cavani will be like Benzema and accept getting rotational minutes and coming off the bench. I'm not sure.
What I would personally love is a Paulo-Ferrera-esque striker. A solid , 7/10 guy who is able to accept a reduced role and is content coming off the bench.
Have any ideas? Feel free to comment and contribute.