Napoli set 2 week deadline for Chelsea and Manchester City target to sign new contract.
The Uruguayan, who topped this season’s Serie A goalscoring leader-board, has been fiercely linked with moves away from the Neapolitan club.
Edinson Cavani, who scored 29 goals in 34 league appearances this term, has reportedly attracted interest from both Chelsea and Manchester City. However, reports in the Italian press suggest that the 26-year-old may not be gracing the Premier League with his presence just yet.
New Napoli manager Rafa Benitez, who has joined the Italian club since his brief tenure as “interim manager” at Chelsea, sees Cavani as key to his plans. Reports in today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Benitez has offered the player an enormous financial incentive to stay put.
The Spaniard is so keen to retain Cavani that he has demanded that club charman Aurelio De Laurentiis offer the striker a 5-year contract extension, worth up to €7m per season.
As the club is eager to establish as soon as possible whether or not the striker will remain with the club, so as to allow them to procede with further acquisitions in the transfer market, Napoli have placed a 2-week “take it or leave it” deadline on the deal.
Cavani, who is currently on international duty preparing for next week’s fixture against France, told reporters:
“As a child I dreamt of playing for [Real Madrid] or even Barcelona, but for now I am proud to play at Napoli…it’s one of the most important footballing establishments,” said Cavani, who would have grown fond of the club while admiring the performances of fellow South American footballing legend Diego Maradona.
“I couldn’t possibly speak of my future, because I don’t know anything about it myself.”