Chelsea transfers: Napoli chief not seeking Edinson Cavani talks

Chelsea transfers: Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis confirms his inflexible position towards selling Edinson Cavani

AS English
By AS English    
edinson cavani
Edinson Cavani has scored 104 goals for Napoli Photo: The Sport Review

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has reaffirmed his inflexible position towards selling star striker Edinson Cavani.

After telling the striker to resolve his future before 20 July, he has now claimed that he has nothing to say to the forward, who he insists will not be sold for any less than his €63m buy-out clause.

“It’s not necessary for me to speak to Cavani in person,” De Laurentiis said in response to the player’s comments after Uruguay’s defeat by Brazil on Wednesday.

The striker remarked: “I love Naples, it’s my city and it holds a place in my heart, but while I’ve been in Brazil I’ve heard false rumours and things said about me. That’s why I want to speak to president De Laurentiis as soon as possible. We need to sort this out amongst ourselves. I’ll talk to him man to man as soon as I can.”

De Laurentiis continued: “There is a buy-out clause. The time will come when a club will put €63m on the table, and then we won’t be able to hold on to him anymore.

“If the right offer arrives, fine, if it doesn’t, Cavani will stay in Italy and Rafael Benítez, like everyone else at Napoli, will be very happy.”

Cavani is wanted by Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City, but it is believed that the Bernabéu club’s interest in the striker has died down recently due to his high price, and they are considering moving for his compatriot Luis Suárez instead.

De Laurentiis claimed “no-one has called me to make me an offer” for Cavani, but confessed that he had held a meeting with Manchester City, before revealing “they didn’t have the financial will to close the deal”.

For the best sports news from Spain without picking up a dictionary, visit www.as.com/english

MORE: Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among players out of contract in 2018

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
20 Chelsea transfer targets Antonio Conte could sign in the summer
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among 16 players out of contract in 2018
The Sport Review
Cesar Azpilicueta sends message to rival after Chelsea’s 4-2 win over Southampton on Instagram
The Sport Review
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte makes summer transfer claim about Man United
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger sends message to Arsenal fans about summer transfers