Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG set to battle over Napoli star Cavani
The race to sign in Napoli star Edinson Cavani is starting to heat up. The Serie A club is expected to come up with some news on the Uruguayan’s transfer saga before the end of this week. A number of potential suitors for striker have been recognized; the likes of which include Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Napoli have already rejected bids from Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid. The Italian club’s president Aurelio de Laurentiis claims Paris Saint-Germain have not placed a bid on the Edinson Cavani, although media reports continue to link the French club with their coveted star.
Reports suggest Paris Saint-Germain have taken over Real Madrid as hot-favorites for Edinson Cavani’s services after their new manager Laurent Blanc admitted he would like the Uruguay international to play for him.
Edinson Cavani has a release clause of €63 million embedded in his contract, a price Paris Saint-Germain will be ready to pay. Meanwhile, Aurelio de Laurentiis claims a “rich club” like Napoli will not wait for the biggest bidder for Edinson Cavani.
Napoli have already admitted that Edinson Cavani would have a say in his transfer move. Therefore, all potential suitors will have hold direct negotiations with Edinson Cavani. Chelsea and Real Madrid were leading the race to sign in the striker till last week, but the arrival of Paris Saint-Germain has turned the competition in to a three-horse race.
“We have not received an offer from PSG for Cavani,” Aurelio de Laurentiis told Sky Sport 24. “We are a rich club that respects financial fair play, we do not need to sell our players. If someone wants 'El Matador' then they will have to pay the €63 million clause. If we do not get offers, we would be happy to have him with us at least until his contract expires in 2017.”
Edinson Cavani, who has impressed the football community with consistent form over the past three season, hasn’t labeled any club as his favorite, although the striker is inclined towards a move to Real Madrid. Chelsea appear to be second-best, but that could easily change.