Chelsea Trigger £53m Release Clause: Edinson Cavani Closes In On Stamford Bridge Move

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Stamford Bridge side set to sign Uruguayan?

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French source Le10Sport claim that Chelsea have jumped to the head of the ever growing queue of suitors keen to land Napoli goal machine Edinson Cavani.

The West London side have reportedly triggered the 26 year old forward’s €63m (£53m) release clause and have done so before the likes of Real Madrid and Man City, leaving many to believe that the Uruguayan is on his way to Stamford Bridge.

Indeed Cavani could well be one of Jose Mourinho’s first signings of the summer and arguably resolves Chelsea’s main area of weakness, namely the lack of a prolific forward.

Fernando Torres managed just eight goals in 36 Premier League matches last term and Demba Ba proved something of a disappointment since his January move to join the Blues and even though Mourinho seems keen to welcome back youngster Romelu Lukaku back into the first team set-up after an excellent season on loan at West Brom, there is still scope for the signing of a ‘Marquee’ capture to boost the Blues strike-force.

Cavani is perhaps one of the top five most in-form strikers on the planet. The former Palermo man finished last season as the top scorer in Serie A and has managed a whopping 104 goals in three seasons at the San Paolo.

With Radamel Falcao opting to join Monaco and Man United unlikely to sell Wayne Rooney to a Premier League rival a move to bring Cavani to spearhead the attack ahead of creative talents likes Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar may well be the most ideal solution to Mourinho’s lack of a goal machine in his Chelsea squad.

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