The Blues step up the chase for Cavani.
Chelsea have made their intent known in the race to sign Napoli’s Edison Cavani by placing a £45m bid for the Manchester City and Real Madrid target, reports the Daily Mail.
This offer is still some way short of the £54m buy-out clause the 26-year-old has written into his contract however and it’s thought that club president Aurelio De Laurentiis will hold out until he receives that price for his prized asset.
However, it has shown the Blues’ desire as they and Madrid are now the leading parties to sign the Uruguayan, with City cooling their interest after having an undisclosed bid rejected by Napoli.
Chelsea are still unwilling to meet Cavani’s release clause though and it will be a three-way stand-off between the west London outfit, Los Blancos and the player’s club to see who will compromise on the transfer fee.
Returning manager Jose Mourinho is keen to add one more striker to his attacking line at Stamford Bridge, with Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku and Fernando Torres the only recognised men in that position.
Mourinho previously showed interest in former Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao, before the Colombian decided to join super-rich AS Monaco instead.
It seems that Chelsea do lead the chase since turning their attention to Cavani though, with Madrid also keen on the Uruguay international’s national team-mate Luis Suarez.
Suarez has indicated that he would like to leave Liverpool this summer and new boss at the Santiago Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti, sees the 26-year-old as the perfect acquisition.
Yet expect some more twists and turns in the Cavani affair as the Blues wait patiently to see if their £45m bid will be considered good enough.