Napoli’s owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has said that star striker Edinson Cavani is available this summer, if any side interested in him comes up with a crazy offer which forces the Serie A club’s hand.
So far the major Premier League interest has come from Chelsea and Manchester City, as they seem to be the only sides in England willing to pay the tens of millions it would take to force through a straight cash deal.
Either side could pay a huge fee for the forward, which may ignite a bidding war and leave anyone with an interest at Napoli, rubbing their hands together and popping out to get a decent bottle of red to celebrate.
Realistically if this is going to be a straight up cash deal then it could be between the £50 million to £60 million mark.
Chelsea showed with their purchase of Fernando Torres that if their owner wants a player, he’ll pay to get him and City certainly have the resources to pay a fee within that price range.
Both sides are also in a decent position to be able to offer a striker in part exchange as part of their crazy deal.
For Chelsea, ironically, it’s going to be Fernando Torres included in that deal because many fans seem to have had enough of his poor form at Chelsea and want a superstar forward they can idolise and get behind.
For City, Edin Dzeko could be available and he has a better recent record than Torres, although it may be more difficult because he’s been linked with a move back to the Bundesliga, as several players from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are thought to be on the move.
If it does come down to a question of players included in the deal then Chelsea may have a slight edge because they have a superb youth system, which produces and invests in some of the best young talent European football has to offer, with Kevin De Bruyne and Thibaut Courtois good recent examples.
It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds because both clubs seem to be very interested in bringing Cavani to English football. Both sides can offer Cavani Champions League football and a chance of winning the title, so it’s going to come down to the small differences of what each side can include in a package.
We’re not talking a Cristiano Ronaldo style world record transfer fee but Laurentiis has given the green light to any side that wants him and if the offer is right, that side will get him.
Who do you think has a better chance of landing Cavani?
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