Chelsea and City target has ‘£26m buyout clause’

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Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is available for £26 million this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City both interested in signing the Argentinian striker according to The Mirror.


Lavezzi has impressed in both Serie A and the Champions League this season, and has made a name for himself as one third of one of the most potent attacking forces in Europe alongside team-mates Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik.


The 26-year-old bagged a brace in Napoli’s 3-1 Champions League victory over Chelsea in the last 16 stage earlier this season, but could do little as the Blues rallied in the second leg at Stamford Bridge to claim a spot in the quarter finals of the competition.


Both Chelsea and Manchester City have been heavily linked with making a move for the talented playmaker along with a host of leading European clubs.


City in particular appear keen on taking him to the Etihad Stadium, with manager Roberto Mancini admitting he is a fan of the former Boca Juniors star’s ability.


Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala have also been linked with making a move for the Napoli player, and the Italian club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed £26 million will be enough to secure Lavezzi’s services.


“The future of Lavezzi is clear - he has a buyout clause of €32million,” he told La Stampa.


"If he wants to go to Russia in the wilderness to earn more, he can do it. I do not work for money but for something else."


Napoli look likely to miss out on a Champions League qualification spot via the league, prompting fears of a mass exodus from the Naples club, led by the likes of Cavani and Lavezzi.

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