Real Madrid hot-favorites to sign in Napoli star Edinson Cavani
Real Madrid are now the frontrunners to signing Edinson Cavani from Napoli. The Spanish club is ready to break its bank in order o acquire the services of the coveted Uruguayan hit-man. Edinson Cavani has been linked with an away move to Real Madrid for the last couple of seasons.
The Spanish outfit was being challenged by the spending power of Manchester City, but not anymore. Napoli has revealed that the Eastlands are unwilling to pay the £54 million release clause in Edinson Cavani’s contract with the club.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has indirectly confirmed Real Madrid as the top suitors in line for Edinson Cavani. Aurelio de Laurentiis told reporters that Manchester City have backed out for Edinson Cavani because on monetary reasons.
Manchester City have been interested in signing Edinson Cavani for the last couple of seasons. The striker, who scored 38 goals last season, has been in phenomenal for the last couple of season.
Manchester City have already spent more than £50 million on Fernandinho and Jesus Navas. The Eastlands are also targeting Malaga midfielder Isco, which means they will not be able to make another big signing this summer.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have taken advantage of this situation to lower down their bid for the 26-year-old Uruguay international. In a press conference to confirm the arrival of Rafael Benitez as the new Napoli manager, Aurelio de Laurentiis also confirmed Manchester City’s defeat in the run for Edinson Cavani’s services.
“Manchester City have not the money to pay for Cavani,” Aurelio de Laurentiis said. “The Abu Dhabi (owners) have said they will never spend €63 million for Cavani. They say, 'We can give other things', but they are not in the interest of our club.
“My company never received a call. It is very difficult to pay the €63 million because Financial Fair Play is conditioning everybody. At this time, Real Madrid are the only club who have made a firm offer for Cavani. It is human, if Real Madrid call, to answer. He knows he has a clause and must decide.”
Real Madrid are expected to sell Gonzalo Higuain in order to create space in their squad for Edinson Cavani. It is still not clear which club the Argentinean will be going to, but Juventus and Arsenal are the top suitors for his services.