Serie A goal machine set to move to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s search for a world-class striker may finally be at an end after Napoli reportedly accepted a €58m (£49.2m) offer from the Blues for star man Edinson Cavani.
The news was broken by Radio Marte, Napoli’s official radio station, and reported in English by ESPN.
Radio Marte claim a ‘very reliable source’ has said a deal to take Cavani to Stamford Bridge has been struck, with the Uruguayan set to earn a staggering €8.5m (£7.2m) a year.
The statement read: “We have received news in the office from a very reliable source that Napoli have sealed a deal with Chelsea for Cavani’s sale.”
The source said Cavani will only be allowed to move to west London when former Chelsea interim manager and current Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez had found a suitable replacement.
“Rafa Benitez also gave the all-clear, but before making the move official Napoli want to secure the striker who will replace Il Matador,” the statement continued.
“[Napoli president] Aurelio De Laurentiis’ club will pick up around €58 million, a slight discount on the buy-out clause, which is the same situation as Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG last year. The player will earn €8.5 million per season plus image rights.”
Reports last week had suggested Chelsea were unwilling to meet Cavani’s release clause, with Real Madrid thought to be the front-runners for the 26-year-old, who scored 29 goals in 34 Serie A appearances.