Napoli Striker Edinson Cavani to Make Future Decision Before End of July

The Napoli striker has been linked with a move to Chelsea or Real Madrid.

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that he expects Edinson Cavani’s future to be decided before the end of July, Sky Sports reports.

The striker has been heavily linked with a move away from the Italian club, with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City all thought to be in the hunt for the prolific striker.

However, Napoli have said that interested clubs will have to pay £54 million, which will activate the strikers buy-out clause in his contract.

De Laurentiis said last week that Manchester City had declined to pay that amount and are now out of the race to sign Cavani, leaving just Chelsea and Real Madrid as the interested parties.

The £54 million buy out clause reportedly expires on August 10th, leading to speculation that Cavani may wait until after then so he can secure a better deal for his new club.

However, De Laurentiis has said that the striker will decide his future before July 20th, when the striker returns from his summer break.

De Laurentiis told Radio Rai: “I don’t think Cavani will leave on 10th August, when his buyout clause expires.

“I’m confident in him, because I consider him a real man. He won’t make me a joke of me”.

“Should Cavani want to leave, he will decide it after a long period of reflection”.

“But by 20th July we will probably know everything about his future.”

Real Madrid are reportedly front-runners for Cavani’s signature, with members of the players family stating his desire to play at the Bernabeu.

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