10 things you need to know about Edinson Cavani

Chelsea are reportedly eyeing Napoli striker Edinson Cavani , who scored for the Italians against Manchester City last month and recently hit a hat-trick against AC Milan. But what else do we know about him? MirrorFootball's Chris Bloor has all the answers...

1) The striker is 24, was born on Valentine's Day, and is just over 6ft tall. His nickname might be El Matador , but don't expect any bull from this guy. Ho ho ho.

2) Deeply religious, Cavani is a regular churchgoer who frequently dedicates his goals to the big man upstairs and is a member of the Athletes Of Christ group which also includes Kaka. He described his 92nd minute winner against Steaua Bucharest, which saw Napoli through to the knockout stages of the Europa League as "a miracle", and appears in robes with a halo on a popular fan poster, above a caption reading simply 'Sainthood Now'.

3) At the tender age of 12 he moved to Montevideo, and progressed through the youth academy at Danubio FC, making his debut for their first team in 2006 when he was still an acne-ridden teenager.

4) The giants of European football were first alerted to his talents at the 2007 South American Youth Championship, where he managed an impressive seven goals during Uruguay's run to the latter stages - even outscoring Brazilian wonder kid Pato.

5) Following the tournament he was linked with an array of clubs, including the likes of Juventus and AC Milan, but it was Palermo who stole a march on the competition and announced they had signed him on January 31, 2007.

6) He settled in quickly, netting 32 goals in 107 league appearances. In 2008-2009, his 14 goals helped secure a Europa League berth for his club.

7) Due to his grandparents' Italian heritage he could have chosen to play for the Azzurri, but he rejected the chance and is now firmly part of the Uruguay set up. He made a scoring debut for the Uruguay team in February 2008 against Colombia in a 2-2 draw. In the 34 appearances he's made for the La Celeste Olímpica he's notched up 10 goals.

8) In July 2010, Napoli signed him. He made an immediate impact, scoring in his first four competitive games, and firing hat-tricks against Juventus, Sampdoria and Lazio. He ended the season with 26 goals - the most by a striker in club history.

9) Our friend was born in 1987 in Uruguay's second city, Salto. As was, just three weeks earlier, some dude called Luis Suarez.

10) Cavani himself is pretty Cantona-esque about his own game. "If I get to a field, and I have a ball at my feet and a net in front of me, I can spend a whole day just trying to score. I like having contact with the ball. That's why I'm a striker." Nuff said.

Finally, check out the vids below to see just how good he really is:

And if that doesn't get your juices running then check this out. Remind anyone of a certain Dutch phenomenon?



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