Stamford Bridge side keen on Napoli forward.
Edinson Cavani lined up as Daniel Sturridge replacement at Chelsea
Chelsea have told Napoli to name their price for striker Edinson Cavani as Roberto Di Matteo plots a last minute move.
Cavani has a £60million release clause, and although Napoli are adamant he will not be sold this summer, it is thought a bid of £30million would be enough to tempt them to sell.
It’s understood that if Chelsea can raise up to £15 million from selling Sturridge, Abramovich will provide the rest to help bring Cavani in as a replacement.
Low level talks between Chelsea and Napoli have already taken place for Cavani, and although the 27-year-old is currently in discussing a new contract, crucially it will have his release clause lowered to £30million in a bid to facilitate his exit.
Chelsea have spent over £80m to sign youngsters Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marko Marin, Thorgan Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses but Roman Abramovich may well feel another ‘marquee’ signing would be a good way to push on having seen his Blues side start the Premier League season in impressive style.
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.
Though the Spaniard has started the season well Di Matteo could feel that the addition of another goal-scoring option could help Chelsea in their pursuit of domestic title success.
Abramovich is seemingly keen on flexing his financial muscles and may have another big name signing in mind before the transfer window slams shut.
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