Napoli President Confirms Talks With Chelsea Over Transfer Of Edinson Cavani

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that his club are in talks with Chelsea over the transfer of star striker Edinson Cavani, according to Sky Sports.

The Uruguayan hit man has been linked with a number of top clubs this summer, after emerging as one of the world’s best forwards at the Italian club, but Chelsea now look the favourites to secure his signature over the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid.

New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be keen to make an immediate impact upon his return to Stamford Bridge, and is aware of the club’s need for new firepower upfront, following the poor form of current strike pair Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.

With 104 goals in 138 games for Napoli, Cavani looks like exactly the kind of lethal finisher the Blues need, and they are supposedly willing to pay his extensive minimum release fee clause of £53.5million, which will make him their record signing.

De Laurentiis is quoted as saying: “If Cavani is sold then I’ll reinvest all of the €63million (£53.5m) of his release clause.

“There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani, they’ll call me in the next few hours.”

Napoli, now managed by former Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez, have been linked with the likes of Edin Dzeko and Jose Callejon as replacements for Cavani.

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