Chelsea’s Edinson Cavani hopes crushed by Rafael Benitez

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Rafael Benitez is ready to ruin Chelsea’s and Manchester City’s summer transfer plans by blocking the Blues move for star striker Edinson Cavani.

Benitez led Chelsea to the Europa League title as their interim manager this season but is intent on making things difficult for them at his post with Naopli.

According to the Daily Star, the former Liverpool boss agreed to succeed Inter Milan-bound Walter Mazzarri in Naples on the understanding they would keep Cavani.

It also claims Chelsea had opened talks with the Serie A side’s president Aurelio di Laurentiis about a possible deal for the Uruguay international.

However, Benitez’s insistence that Cavani must remain at the Stadio San Paolo has lead to the club preparing a new £140,000-a-week contract for him.

Manchester City have also been heavily linked with an approach for Cavani, but they look set to be missing out too as Benitez believes keeping the 26-year-old is essential if they are to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto next season.

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