Chelsea Told to Pay £78m for Serie A Goal Machine Target

Napoli try to scare off Stamford Bridge side, succeed.

De Laurentiis slaps £78m price-tag on Cavani to ward off Chelsea interest

Edinson Cavani will cost Chelsea £78million if they wish to prise him away from Napoli, club president Aurelio de Laurentiis has announced.

‘Cavani is not for sale, but we could let him go for €100m (£78m),’ he told Sky Sport Italia. ‘This is not his actual value, but his value to me and he won’t leave for less.’

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Whilst Roman Abramovich does appear to have got a taste for spending again it’s unlikely he will be enticed into making such an enormous offer for Napoli goal machine Edinson Cavani. You have to wonder why president Aurelio de Laurentiis even has to attach any price-tag to the Uruguayan, even an unrealistic one, wouldn’t it be simpler to just say ‘he’s not for sale’?

Chelsea have been linked with numerous supposed striker targets and Roberto Di Matteo may well feel this is an area of the Blues squad he needs to improve.

Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou were released to join Shanghai Shenhua and Lille respectively. Fernando Torres may not be considered a first choice option unless he can kick-start his Chelsea career in the early weeks of the season. Daniel Sturridge was used sparingly by Di Matteo last term, with the Italian not selecting the England man for either Champions League semi-final fixtures against Barcelona as well as both FA Cup and Champions League finals.

Romelu Lukaku hasn’t impressed all that much when called upon and could well be sent out on loan this season so there is certainly space for a new recruit.

Thus far Brazilian international Hulk has seemed the most likely to become Chelsea’s third major summer signing, with the Abramovich already forking out for Marko Marin and Eden Hazard.

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