Stamford Bridge set to complete signing of impressive marksman.
Chelsea have reportedly agreed a £42.5m deal with Napoli to sign striker Edinson Cavani according to talkSPORT.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich had been eyeing up Atletico Madrid marksman Radamel Falcao but news of his impending move to Monaco has reportedly forced the Russian’s hand, pushing the billionaire into making an offer for Cavani that Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis appears to have accepted.
Chelsea have begun discussing personal terms with the 26 year old Uruguayan international, who is the top scorer in Serie A this term with 28 goals. Abramovich is said to have offered Cavani a deal worth £145k a week, a massive pay increase for the powerful forward.
The Stamford Bridge side could well do with alternative attacking options. Fernando Torres has proven something of a flop since his £50m move to the West London club, his latest goal drought having now run to 16 Premier League matches. January signing Demba Ba initially impressed but has managed just two top tier goals in 13 appearances.
Cavani impressed at Palermo before securing a move to the San Paolo and has scored a very healthy 103 goals in 137 appearances for Napoli.
Abramovich will hope that Cavani’s strength and directness will convert well to life in the English top tier as the Chelsea owner looks to improve his squad ahead of an assault on the Premier League and Champions League titles.