Napoli rejects 55 million transfer offer for Edinson Cavani
Napoli have rejected a €55 million offer for their crown jewel Edinson Cavani. It is believed the club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to use Edinson Cavani as the tool to rejuvenate in European football.
Club officials at Napoli have time and again turned down transfer rumors associating Edinson Cavani with a big-money move. In recent interview to Radio Monte the Napoli boss Aurelio De Laurentiis claimed that Edinson Cavani’s Uruguayan “warrior” spirit will help the club to push for the Serie A title.
“Cavani is a warrior who embodies all that's best of the Napolispirit and our supporters. It is because of this I turned down an offer of €55m,” Aurelio De Laurentiis said.
Edinson Cavani is one of the most sought after forward in the world. The 25-year-old Uruguay international is the second highest goal scorer in Serie A with 13 goals, just one behind the top goal scorer Stephan El Shaarawy of AC Milan.
Edinson Cavani was linked with a number of top notch clubs across Europe during the summer transfer window, but the forward inked an extension contract with Napoli confirming he would stay at Stadio San Paolo for years to come.
“Cavani has become the symbol of our resurgence. If I have kept him here it is not because of money, but a love for the club,” Aurelio De Laurentiis added.
Edinson Cavani arrived at Napoli three years ago after spending four seasons at Palermo. The Uruguayan scored only 37 goals in 117 games for Palermo during his four-year stay. However, Edinson Cavani has been on a goal-scoring spree since his transfer in 2010.
Edinson Cavani scored 33 goals in 47 appearances in his first season, 33 goals in 48 appearances in his second season and has so far scored 22 goals in 22 appearances this season. For his national side Edinson Cavani has scored 13 goals in 45 appearances.
Napoli currently sits fifth on the Serie A table. They are ten points behind league leaders Juventus, therefore they are still in position to fight for the Serie A title.