Chelsea are believed to be in talks with Napoli over the availability of Edinson Cavani, report the Evening Standard.
Chelsea have long been linked with a move for the Uruguayan forward, however a deal appeared to have been deemed impossible until Italian news organization Mediaset revealed Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis is willing to sell up this summer.
Cavani has previously expressed a desire to stay in Naples but could be open to a move to England, and the Evening Standard report that a £30 million bid would be enough to convince Napoli to part ways with their leading striker.
The Daily Star goes one step further and report that a £35 million fee has been agreed and that the two parties are discussing wages, although that appears to be somewhat premature.
Napoli’s position is weakened by the fact they will not play in the Champions League next season, something which helped prompt Ezequiel Lavezzi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.
The Standard report that Chelsea’s move for Cavani means their pursuit of Hulk is at an end, despite the player himself expressing an interest to move to Stamford Bridge. Porto’s valuation of around £60 million ensured an agreement was never likely to be reached.
Another striker piquing the interest of the Blues is Fernando Llorente, who recently turned down the offer of a new contract at Athletic Bilbao.
Manchester City have also been linked with Cavani in the past, however manager Roberto Mancini does not appear to be singing from the same hymn sheet as football director Brian Marwood – the Italian lashed out at the club’s board and Marwood in particular today over the lack of transfer activity at the Etihad so far this summer.