Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Buzz on Blues' Chase for Edinson Cavani

Christopher Impiglia@@impigliatoFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2013

NAPLES, ITALY - MAY 12:  Edinson Cavani of Napoli celebrates the victory after the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and AC Siena at Stadio San Paolo on May 12, 2013 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Chelsea’s race to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani heats up this week after the 26-year-old admitted that he would be happy to play for either Chelsea or Manchester City next season.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the “Matador,” top scorer in Serie A this year with 29 goals, said, “to be coached by someone like Manuel Pellegrini or Jose Mourinho would always be a pleasure." 

According to Bloomberg, after initially refusing Chelsea’s bid of £40 million plus goalkeeper Thibault Courtois, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis seems prepared to seriously consider new offers triggering Cavani’s release clause of £53 million.

According to the Daily Mail, although Manchester City have offered the cash in addition to striker Edin Dzeko as part of the deal, it looks like Chelsea have the upper hand in bringing the Uruguayan international to the Premier League.

The Daily Express reports that Rafa Benitez, now managing Napoli after acting as interim manager for Chelsea, would be happy to bring his favored striker Fernando Torres with him to Italy.

Rafa Benitez has told Napoli he would like to work with Fernando Torres again - paving the way for Chelsea to sign Edinson Cavani. [Express]

— FootballFacts101 (@FootballFact101) June 10, 2013

Discrepancies could arise with Chelsea valuing Torres at £30 million, whereas Napoli sees him worth around £20 million, as the Daily Express notes. If the transfer does go through, however, it would be a record buy for Chelsea, surpassing the £50 million they paid for Torres in 2011.

In the meantime, other big clubs like Real Madrid are looking to hijack Cavani from a move to the Premier League. Cavani might indeed prefer a move to the Spanish capital.

On the official website of the 2011 Copa America, as reported by goal.com, he declared, “There is a club I would particularly like to play for and that is Real Madrid. My blood pulses to wear the white jersey.”

Back in March, furthermore, in quotes gathered by ESPNFC from Marca TV, a station closely affiliated with Real, Cavani’s father said there is a 50 percent chance of him signing for Los Merengues.

Madrid might have the key to Cavani’s heart now that they have offered Higuain as a possible substitute, as Football Italia and La Repubblica (Italian) both reveal. 

As the race continues, one thing seems certain.

In Naples, hope seems to have all but vanished to keep their star striker, who chases Diego Maradona as the club’s all-time leading scorer. In an image released by the club advertising their summer retreat (Italian), Cavani is not there. 

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