Manchester City and Real Madrid have emerged as the favourites to sign Edinson Cavani this summer, according to the Mirror.
And that will come as worrying news to Chelsea, who have also been linked with the prolific Uruguayan.
Despite yesterday’s capture of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen, new Blues manager Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign the South American striker, and the Europa League winners have already had a £43 million offer knocked back.
Chelsea appear determined to get their man but Cavani’s mother, Berta, has told a Uruguayan radio station, “Edi is dealing with Real Madrid and City”.
“Napoli president De Laurentiis has spoken with Chelsea, but so far there is nothing concrete.
“In two or three weeks we will know Edinson’s future. As soon as we know something concrete you will be the first to know.
“In any case, I assure you Edinson loves Naples and if he has to go, he will never forget the love and affection of the people and fans there.”
The Serie A outfit would prefer a straight cash offer for the star, who has a £53 million release clause. They are holding out for that full amount and are under no pressure to sell this summer.
The Uruguayan would form an interesting partnership at the Etihad with fellow South American strikers Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez, both of Argentina.
Cavani scored 38 goals in 43 overall appearances for Napoli last season and also bagged 29 Serie A goals.
Last year, now-former manager Roberto Mancini bemoaned his side missing out on their top transfer targets and later claimed their failure to sign Robin van Persie was the difference in last season’s title race.
And with Chelsea refusing to give up on their pursuits of Cavani, they still face the prospect of more disappointment in the transfer market this year.
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This article was first posted on June 14, 2013