Chelsea and Manchester City target Edinson Cavani ‘would cost €100m’
Chelsea and Manchester City target Edinson Cavani is "not for sale", according to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis
Chelsea and Manchester City target Edinson Cavani will not be allowed to leave Napoli for anything less than €100m (£78m), according to the Serie A side’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The 25-year-old has been in impressive form over the past two seasons for Walter Mazzarri’s side, scoring 49 goals in 68 appearances, after moving to Napoli from Palermo for €17m (£13m) in July 2010.
The Uruguay international, capped 40 times, made the step up to the Champions League last term, netting home and away against English champions Manchester City in the group stage before scoring against Chelsea in the first leg of their second-round tie in Naples.
In recent weeks, Cavani has been linked with a possible move to Chelsea or City but De Laurentiis insisted Napoli’s striker will not be leaving for anything less than €100m.
“Cavani is not for sale, but we could let him go for €100m,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “This is not his actual value, but his value to me and he won’t leave for less.”
Ezequiel Lavezzi joined Carlo Ancelotti’s Paris-Saint Germain side earlier in July, and the Ligue 1 outift are reportedly close to completing a deal for Palermo left-back Federico Balzaretti, with Napoli’s president admitting their chances of signing the Italy international are now slim.
“There are two problems outside of Palermo,” De Laurentiis said. “First, his agent is never clear and sincere, but, above all, his child and his wife, who works in Paris.
“He was clear that he wants either Palermo or Paris Saint-Germain and I respect his reasoning. If he wants to come, we will welcome him with open arms.
“If he doesn’t, we will bring in a youngster. PSG cannot go around signing everyone.”
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