Room for one more as Roman Abramovich continues Stamford Bridge splurge.
Di Matteo prepares final swoop for £35m Cavani with Hulk also lined up for Chelsea move
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo is lining up a final bid to land £35million Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.
The Blues have been chasing Cavani for most of the summer but, as revealed by Sportsmail last month, appeared to be losing patience over wage demands of around £150,000 a week.
The Londoners are not prepared to give in and remain interested in Porto striker Hulk.
The Brazilian is also a long-term target and a move is on the cards if nothing happens with Cavani.
Hulk has set his sights on a switch to Stamford Bridge and his club are willing to let him leave for around £38m despite an £80m release clause in his contract.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Chelsea appear desperate to bring in one more ‘marquee’ signing before the summer is out and most speculation seems to surround the need for extra firepower. Roman Abramovich has spent big but seems keen to continue his spree as he looks to mount a genuine title challenge.
The two players in question have repeatedly been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and both club’s concerned, Napoli and FC Porto, are looking to make as much from sales of players they seem resigned to losing.
Arguably both Hulk and Edinson Cavani could claim to have outgrown their respective clubs.
Brazilian forward Hulk has spent the past four seasons scoring goal for fun in Portugal but may feel that he needs to ply his trade in a more advanced league in order to continue his career progression and cement his place in the national team set-up. FC Porto seem to be aware of this and have adjusted the price-tag on the 26 year old’s shoulders to a still massive £38m
The hustle and bustle forward has netted 57 goals in the last two seasons alone, helping the Estadio Dragao side to back to back domestic titles and other assorted silverware. One would imagine he would jump at the chance to move to Chelsea.
Edinson Cavani has seen Napoli fail to qualify for the Champions League and then seen his strike partner Ezeqiuel Lavezzi join moneybags PSG, this must lead the Uruguayan to consider his future at the San Paolo. The former Palermo man has netted 66 goals in his two seasons with the Naples side and would also presumably be keen on joining the Champions League holders.
It seems fair to assume that Chelsea are not looking to buy both players so it seems it’s a case of landing one or the other as Roberto Di Matteo hopes to improve a striking line-up that has a misfiring Fernando Torres at the helm.
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