Mourinho submits Chelsea bid for Napoli’s Edinson Cavani

New Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to make Edinson Cavani his first signing in his second stint at the Blues, and has made an offer of around £49.3m to lure the sought-after striker, reports The Mirror.

Cavani, who is also wanted by Man City, looks set to be chased by a host of top clubs this summer, and Napoli – who recently appointed former interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez to their manager’s position – have already rejected a Blues approach of £25.5m plus Fernando Torres.

Is it believed that the 26-year-old has a £53.6m buyout clause in his contract, and Napoli are reluctant to sell for less than that amount, but Mourinho looks set to test the club’s resolve with his offer.

It is thought that Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, wants a bidding war between Mourinho’s former employers Real Madrid and deposed champions Man City for his prized asset.

Cavani has netted 104 goals in just three seasons for the club, which is just 11 shy of the legendary Diego Maradonna’s total, which took him seven seasons to accrue.

All signs, then, point to Cavani’s potential, and Mourinho wants him to realise that at Stamford Bridge.

De Laurentiis said: “There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani, they’ll call me in the next few hours. I’ll be delighted if he stays, but if he leaves then he will be adequately replaced. If Cavani is sold, I’ll reinvest all of his sell-on clause.”

It is thought that the club will attempt to sign Edin Dzeko from Man City if they are able to offload Cavani for the price they want, or if City’s interest remains sustained then a part-exchange deal may also be on the cards.

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