Chelsea transfers: No Blues official bid for Edinson Cavani – yet
Chelsea transfers: Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says Real Madrid are the only club to have made an offer for Edinson Cavani
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has revealed that Real Madrid are the only club to have tabled a firm offer for Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguay international, who has a £54m release clause in his contract, has been heavily linked with a big-money move away from the Serie A outfit in recent months.
Chelsea and Manchester City are understood to be leading the Premier League chase for the 26-year-old, while Real Madrid are keen to lure him to the Bernabeu.
However, De Laurentiis insists that neither City or Chelsea have yet made an official approach for the highly-rated forward.
“Manchester City do not have money to pay for Cavani because they say we won’t pay that,” De Laurentiis said.
“Abu Dhabi [City’s owners] say they would never pay €63m (£54m) for Cavani.
“At this time, Real Madrid are the only club who have made a firm offer for Cavani.”
He added: “If a club like Anzhi [Makhachkala] enquire about him, maybe he says no, but other clubs like Bayern [Munich], Barcelona or Real Madrid could persuade him to leave.
“He knows that he has a contract and an obligation to us, and there is a buy-out clause.
“Cavani knows that at Napoli he is the most important player. I do not know whether, at Real Madrid or in other teams, he will be as important.”
Cavani, who has 49 caps for Uruguay, scored 29 goals in 35 Serie A appearances last season.