Chelsea have made an offer £42.8m plus Fernando Torres in a bid to sign Napoli ace, but the Serie A club are holding out for more.
Chelsea have made a bid of €50 million (approximately £42.8m) plus Fernando Torres for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, but the offer has been rejected by the Italian club according to the Independent.
Napoli appear to be holding out for the full cash sum that is Cavani’s €63 million (£54m) release clause, and even the offer of 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Boot winner Fernando Torres does not seem to have convinced them to budge on their asking price.
In the week that owner Roman Abramovich celebrates a decade reigning over Stamford Bridge, the Blues are making big moves in the transfer market, and returning manager Jose Mourinho appears ready to spend much of his summer allocation on an out and out striker.
The Blues have plenty of talent in the attacking midfield zone – Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata, Andre Schurrle, Victor Moses, Kevin de Bruyne and Ramires – but up front, Mourinho’s options are limited.
That is thanks to the profligacy of both his senior strikers Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, who managed 8 and 2 Premier League goals for Chelsea respectively – far from the amount required of a top forward.
Cavani’s record is markedly superior.
The 26 year-old attacker, winner of the Capocannoniere award for the most goals in Serie A last season with 29 goals in his 33 starts in the division, has been in tremendous form.
In the UEFA Europa League, his form was even better, scoring seven times in seven appearances – only four of which were from the start.
At the Confederations Cup, he scored three times in his four appearances, and Chelsea could be confident of signing a great player if they can eventually agree a fee with Napoli.
However, offloading Torres might prove problematic, and the Spaniard may not be elated at seeing his name proffered around Europe.