Los Blancos make a move for Edison Cavani.
Real Madrid have looked to hijack Chelsea’s attempted bid to sign Napoli’s Edison Cavani by offering €35m plus Sami Khedira in order to land the striker, reports Il Mattino.
The Blues have been in pursuit of the Uruguayan for some time as returning manager Jose Mourinho is keen to improve his attacking options at Stamford Bridge.
Yet with Cavani previously stating that a move to Madrid would be a ‘dream’ it appears that Los Blancos are finally going to capitalise on the player’s desire to play in the Spanish capital.
The 26-year-old has a £53m buy-out clause in his contract which Chelsea and Madrid have been reluctant to activate and both clubs have been testing the waters with different offers.
However, the La Liga side’s option to include a player in the deal is a new approach and Khedira is hardly a reserve team nobody, having signed from Stuttgart three years ago for £12.3m.
The German played 44 games for Madrid in 2012/13 and is also a regular feature for his national side having earned 39 caps and scoring three goals.
It therefore shows the desire for the Bernabeu outfit to land Cavani and Mourinho will now have to work quickly to tempt both Napoli and the striker into considering a move to west London.
In three seasons in Naples the Uruguay international has scored an impressive 78 Serie A goals and has also struck 13 times for his country.
With Madrid making the move Chelsea now run the risk of missing out on their number one target for the start of second Mourinho era at the Bridge.
See just what Cavani is capable of below: