Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that the club have rejected a €55 million offer for Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City target Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguayan international striker has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League over the last seven months, with the Blues, Gunners and Citizens reported to be on the player’s trail on a number of occasions.
However, De Laurentiis insists that he has no plans to sell the second top-scorer in Serie ‘A’ so far this season (13 goals), and expects the 25-year-old to remain with the club for the foreseeable future.
"Cavani is a warrior who embodies all that's best of the Napoli spirit and our supporters. It is because of this I turned down an offer of €55m,” he told Radio Monte on Boxing Day.
"Cavani has become the symbol of our resurgence. If I have kept him here it is not because of money, but a love for the club."
A 45-cap international, Cavani moved to Italy in 2007 when he signed for Palermo, and then switched to the Stadio San Paolo three years later.
Having earned rave reviews with Napoli, high-profile clubs have become linked with a move for the player, and Chelsea were reported to have lined-up a bid for the player in the summer as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge.
The England striker stayed at Stamford Bridge but is poised for an exit under Rafa Benitez this January, and despite the change in manager in west London, the Blues are still being linked with a move.
The Daily Express reported in November that Chelsea were targeting both Cavani and Radamel Falcao in a double deal, although it’s unclear how much money owner Roman Abramovich will give his interim manager to play with.
With money no problem to Manchester City, it’s unsurprising to see manager Roberto Mancini linked with a move for the player.
Indeed, Metro reported in the summer that the Premier League champions were also plotting a bid to bring both Cavani and Falcao to the Etihad Stadium for £80 million.
However, the Napoli striker snubbed Manchester City on deadline day, signing a new deal with his current club as the owner made reference to rejecting ‘the cold city’ in England.
An ESPN source reported the following day that the Emirates Stadium outfit would have to pay closer to €50 million to bring the player to north London, shattering the club’s record transfer fee in the process.