Stamford Bridge side close in on long term striker target.
Chelsea are closing in on a deal to sign long term target Edinson Cavani after it emerged that Real Madrid are yet to make an offer for the 26 year old Napoli ace according to Spanish source AS.
Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen his attack and has seen the chances of such a deal greatly improve in recent days. Cavani is said to have agreed personal terms with the West London club on a £7.2m a year deal and a five year contract but must now look to secure a compromise deal with Napoli in terms of the player’s price-tag.
Chelsea’s initial offer of €50m (£42m) was turned down flat by San Paolo president Aurelio De Laurentiis but this source claims that an offer of €60m (£51m), though still shy of Cavani’s €63m (£54m) release clause, would probably be enough to secure the services of the Serie A hot-shot.
Mourinho is hoping to greatly improve the strike-force he inherited from Rafa Benitez, with neither Fernando Torres or Demba Ba likely to be playing a prominent role in his Blues attack, indeed it may be loaned out youngster Romelu Lukaku who stands a better chance of lining up alongside any new signings after the Belgian’s impressive spell on loan at West Brom last term.
Cavani has netted 104 goals in 138 games with Napoli but does appear to be likely to leave the club this summer.