Chelsea In Talks to Sign £29m Napoli Striker Edinson Cavani

Stamford Bridge side push ahead in move for new striker.

CHELSEA are reportedly in talks with Napoli after the Italian club revealed they are ready to part with super striker Edinson Cavani.

Roberto Di Matteo has made signing a forward his top priority this summer after losing Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou earlier this summer but accepts his pursuit of Hulk is over.

Having struck 33 goals in 47 games last season Di Matteo believes Cavani possess the correct physical attributes for Premier League target man and is hopeful of concluding a deal before the new season kicks off.

As Napoli are prepared to settle for a cut price offer of €35 million, it looks as though a deal could go ahead.

SOURCE: Daily Star

Having seemingly given up on pursuing Brazilian Hulk due to FC Porto’s massive asking price, there are few better alternatives than Uruguayan Edinson Cavani.

If indeed Napoli are willing to sell their prized asset, which would be something of a surprise given that the Serie A side already sold his strike-partner Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG, then Roman Abramovich is clearly in the spending mood to complete a deal.

Cavani has notched up 66 goals in two seasons at the San Paolo but has seen his Naples side fail to secure a Champions League berth for the coming season which has led to a financial imperative for owner Aurelio De Laurentiis to balance the books and could lead to the 25 year old considering his options.

Chelsea need to bring in attacking alternatives following the departure of club favourite Didier Drogba, not least because Fernando Torres is yet to justify his price-tag, and a move for Cavani could be the perfect solution and £29m seems a fair price to pay for the former Palermo man.

Abramovich has already spent upwards of £60m this summer to sign youngster Marko Marin, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Thorgan Hazard.

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