Chelsea face paying full Cavani price after PSG offer to Napoli

Chelsea will again have to break the British record for a transfer fee if they want to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, the Daily Mirror has reported, after Paris Saint-Germain opened the bidding for the Uruguay international.

Jose Mourinho had identified Cavani as the ideal striker to lead his new look Blues but the Chelsea hierarchy is reluctant to meet Cavani’s £53m release clause, thus far only sanctioning a spend of £45m on the front man.

The Mirror claims Chelsea are wary of the Cavani transfer turning sour in the manner of the Fernando Torres move. Torres, a £50m signing from Liverpool in January 2011, has struggled to live up to his price tag at Stamford Bridge and could even be offered to Napoli – managed by former Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez, who signed Torres for Liverpool – in a part-exchange deal for Cavani.

PSG have had meetings in Paris with Cavani’s agent and have a good relationship with Napoli, having paid £25m for Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi last summer. The French champions are keen to partner Cavani with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in an effort to bring the European Cup to the capital.

If Chelsea do shy away from meeting Napoli’s valuation of Cavani then Mourinho will turn to Robert Lewandowski, the Borussia Dortmund striker, who would be able to move for a comparatively-low £28m.

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