Napoli’s Edison Cavani is no closer to knowing where he will be playing his football next season.
The Uruguayan forward has a £54million release clause and Napoli won’t sell their prized asset for less than that.
Manchester City have already confirmed they aren’t intending to meet that fee and will look elsewhere in their pursuit of a striker.
Until recently that left Real Madrid as the only interested party, however Chelsea and Paris St Germain have since joined the race.
Cavani has previously stated his desire to pull on the white of Real Madrid, however Napoli’s reluctance to let him go on the cheap could scupper a move this summer.
Real Madrid are on the verge of selling Gonzalo Higuain, whilst both their other forwards in the form of Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata have received interest from other clubs.
These possible/probable departures means Madrid will have a new look forward line next season and Cavani as well as his Uruguayan counterpart Luis Suarez are their main targets.
Chelsea join the race
Fernando Torres’s struggles at Stamford Bridge have been well documented and his £50million has hardly gone to plan.
In his two and a half years at the club the Spanish international has only scored 15 league goals and Chelsea are desperate to bring in more fire power.
Jose Mourinho has made it clear he intends to bring in a centre-forward this summer and Cavani is his number one target.
Mourinho is used to playing just the one forward, something he has employed with every club he has managed. Cavani is used to the lone role having been Napoli’s sole striker for the past three seasons and fits the bill perfectly for Mourinho.
A move for Cavani is also dependent on whether Chelsea can offload one, or both of Torres and Demba Ba. Mourinho can’t afford to have four strikers on the club’s books, with Romelu Lukaku returning from his loan spell with West Brom.
PSG willing to match release clause
PSG’s owners are desperate to bring Cavani to the club and want to pair him with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Despite the club not having a manager at the moment (however Laurent Blanc looks set to be appointed this week), their rich owners appear to be taking transfer matters into their own hands.
Having cruised to the 2012/13 Ligue 1 crown, this season promoted Monaco will offer competition for the title having signed Radamael Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez as a signal of their intent.
To ensure they keep their title PSG feel they need to add firepower and could be willing to match Cavani’s £54million buy-out clause.