Chelsea up stakes in Cavani chase with fresh bid

Chelsea have made an official bid of around £45m for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, but still fall short of the Italian outfit’s valuation, reports The Daily Mail.

Former Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez, now in charge at Napoli, is refusing to do business with any club who does not meet Cavani’s £52m buyout clause – but new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks set to do what he needs to in order to bring the Uruguayan international to Stamford Bridge.

Reports suggest, however, that Cavani is delaying making any decisions on a move to any club until Real Madrid have decided whether or not they would like to bring the 26-year-old to the Bernabeu.

Mourinho hopes, however, that Chelsea’s earlier moves to discussions will encourage Cavani that Chelsea are more interested in his services than Mourinho’s former club Real Madrid, and hope to use this leverage to bring the striker to the Premier League.

The Mail believes, however, that Cavani’s international team-mate Luis Suarez remains top of new Real boss Carlo Ancelotti’s wishlist, but they could turn their attentions to Cavani if they prove unable to prise Suarez away from Anfield.

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