Chelsea 'step-up' interest in £35m Serie 'A' hitman

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Chelsea have stepped-up their interest in Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims Andre Villas-Boas has sent scouts to watch the player on at least five occasions this season, with a dossier compiled on the January transfer target.

24-year-old Cavani is regarded as one of the hottest properties in world football, and has been a revelation since moving to the Stadio San Paolo from Palermo in the summer of 2010.

His form at the start of the current campaign has alerted a number of clubs across Europe, with Chelsea thought to be one of the Uruguayan international's biggest admirers.

Reportedly valued in the region of €35 million, 'AVB' is well aware that he will have to spend big to bring the player to Stamford Bridge, but is in need of reinforcements for his front-line in west London.

The Blues have already said goodbye to Nicolas Anelka, and with Didier Drogba leaving for the African Cup of Nations and Fernando Torres still struggling for form, the Chelsea boss faces a lack of options up-front.

Neymar, Gonzalo Higuain and Hulk have also been linked with big-money moves to Chelsea in recent weeks, and with money at his disposal from owner Roman Abramovich, Villas-Boas will have to decide if Cavani is his best option in 2012.

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