Juve front runners to land Chelsea, Man City target Cavani

Juventus have reportedly stolen a march on Chelsea and Manchester City in the race to sign Edinson Cavani according to a SqueakyBumTime source.

Manager Antonio Conte is determined to add a striker with proven European pedigree to replace captain Alessandro Del Piero who is leaving the Old Lady this summer after 19 seasons.

The 37-year-0ld bowed out in style playing a significant role as the Turin club sealed the Serie A championship thanks to an unbeaten league campaign that saw them chalk up 23 wins from 38 games.

It’s now rumoured that Napoli striker Cavani has been earmarked to replace the Italian legend at the Juventus Stadium after reports suggested that Conte has already submitted a substantial bid.

The 25-year-old is rumoured to be yearning for a move away from the San Paolo after the Partenopei missed out on qualification to the Champions League for the 2012-13 season.

A meeting between the Napoli hierarchy and the Uruguayans representatives is scheduled for next week and it’s thought that Juventus officials will monitor it closely and swoop in with the proposal of a five-year deal worth £24 million.

That will alert City a who are also interested in adding Cavani to their strike force but will now have to better the Bianconeri’s contract offer.

Roberto Mancini is a huge admirer of the 6ft 2in South American viewing him as the ideal partner for Argentine hit man Sergio Aguero and is prepared to break the bank to bring him to the Etihad Stadium.

The newly crowned Premier League champions have the financial muscle to blow Juventus and Chelsea, who are also monitoring developments, out of the water.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich is determined to add a prolific striker to the European Champions’ ranks in the wake of Didier Drogba’s departure and Cavani fits the bill having scored over 30 goals this season.