Despite Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani having apparently agreed personal terms with three clubs, rumored to be Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, the destination of the dexterous striker remains very much in the balance.
With a release clause of £53million, PSG have been the latest to test the waters with a bid of £43million for the player.
If Chelsea, or even Manchester City, wish to land Cavani, it’s apparent they might well need to break the British transfer record.
If Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is to be believed, any offer below the buy out clause is futile, saying; “’Napoli is a very rich club and we comply with financial fair play. We don’t need to sell any of our players.
If someone wants to buy Cavani, they must pay 63 million euros, net – not one euro less than 63 million euros. Otherwise we will be happy to keep Cavani, he has a contract until 2017.”
Cavani scored 29 goals last season for Napoli and the demand for the player appears close to reaching fever pitch.
It is understood that he wishes to have his agents and Napoli club officials speak presently in an effort to resolve his position, but if De Laurentiis is true to his word there is no grey area; the player will remain in Serie A until the buyout clause is reached.
But, it is understandable, regardless of the outcome, that Cavani wishes for clarity on his position saying: “I want to talk as soon as possible with president De Laurentiis. “We must clear this (situation up) ourselves. I’ll talk with him, as it’s done between men, really soon. Right now, I’m at Napoli and I’m very proud to be there. If I leave one day, I’ll be ready to move to a bigger club. We’ll see.”
New Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is understandably hoping he can hang onto his star striker, saying; “We want Cavani to stay at Napoli. We would be really happy if that’s how it works out.
If he leaves, then it would only be because someone has matched the release clause or comes up with an irresistible offer. Cavani knows how much he is loved and how valuable he is to the city and to the team.”
While the story might be at risk of becoming drawn out over the coming weeks, it will be a tense time for the forward’s suitors.
One thing is clear however, Napoli are not willing to let their prized asset leave without getting what they feel, to be a right and fair price.