Chelsea will have to ward off interest from Juventus if they are to land Edinson Cavain in the summer, according to Goal.com.
Cavani has attracted interest from all over Europe this season after making a splash Napoli’s maiden Champions League campaign, while the Uruguayan forward has also hit 20 goals in Serie A this term to make him the league’s joint-second highest scorer.
Manchester City and Manchester United are both reportedly interested in landing Cavani this summer but Chelsea are said to be in the driving seat should the 26-year-old decide to leave the club having hinted at a departure last weekend.
However Juventus are also in the hunt for his signature as well, with Goal.com reporting that the Serie A league leaders have made Cavani their top priority during the summer transfer window.
The site reports that the club’s hierarchy view the former Palermo striker as the ideal fit to lead their charge into Europe next season, with Juve’s general manager Guiseppe Marotta and coach Antonio Conte both keeping close tabs on developments.
The Italian side have been linked with a host of Europe’s leading players, including Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, as they go about building a squad that can challenge for the Champions League next season.
Napoli appear to have conceded defeat in their attempts to persuade Cavani to stay with the Naples-based outfit as they struggle to secure Champions League football for next term, with club president Aurelio de Laurentis admitting he expects Cavani to move on soon.
Chelsea or Juventus will likely have to pay around £25 million in order to secure his services.