Chelsea and Manchester City have been warned that Edinson Cavani will not leave Napoli on the cheap.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis took to Twitter to reaffirm the Italian outfit's stance, insisting that they don't want to lose the sought-after striker.

When asked by a fan about Cavani's situation, De Laurentiis said: "I put a really high cost on it, because I do not want to see it (Cavani leave).

"And I put it (the cost) with the agreement of players."

Cavani signed a new contract just last summer, and it's understood to contain a £53m buy-out clause which could put off the likes of Chelsea, who may fear another £50m flop.

With Manchester City known admirers too, this latest revelation is confirmation that the Premier League duo will have to pay top price if they are to prise the Uruguayan international away from Italy.

Napoli are clearly extremely reluctant to sell their main man, and Chelsea may be forced to look at other transfer targets.

Manchester City are looking to bolster their attacking options to replace Mario Balotelli, whom they sold to AC Milan in January, and could spend big in an attempt to win the Premier League title next season, with Manchester United all but confirmed as league champions this season.

Despite his price-tag and insistence from Napoli officials that he won't be sold, Cavani's future remains in the balance and only time will tell if he secures a big-money move to one of Europe's elite this summer.


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