Chelsea make approach for Napoli star Cavani

Chelsea have made a formal approach to Napoli for their star striker Edinson Cavani, Sky Sports has reported,with the 26-year-old having long been linked with the Blues along with many other clubs in Europe.

After Cavani’s Uruguay lost to Italy in the third place play-off at the Confederations Cup, Cavani announced his desire to discuss his future with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who, while stating that he believes these talks are not necessary, has said that Cavani would be allowed to leave were the club offered €63m, declaring:

“There is no need to have a face to face with Cavani. If a club offers €63million, then we would allow him to leave. The release clause will have been activated. Should we receive an offer, then fine. If this offer doesn’t arrive, then Cavani will stay in Italy with us.”

Manchester City were at one point the favourites to land the coveted Cavani, but they were put off by the price, according to De Laurentiis. The Blues also seem unwilling to meet Napoli’s asking price, with talks regarding that expected in the coming days as negotiations continue.

Chelsea, now being managed by Jose Mourinho for the second time, are looking the most likely to obtain Cavani’s signature, and making him their second big-name summer signing after Andre Schurrle arrived from Bayer Leverkusen.

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