Chelsea have made a £42.7million bid for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims the Blues have put the big-money bid on the table of the Serie ‘A’ club, but are still someway short of the wanted fee.
Indeed, the Azzurri want £53.9million for their prized asset, with owner Aurelio De Laurentiis unwilling to let the 26-year-old leave for less than his minimum fee release clause.
Real Madrid are also linked with a move for the Uruguayan international, but the paper claims the La Liga giants are yet to make a bid.
As for Cavani, he feels that the press speculation was having a detrimental affect on his performances, admitting that the rumours have ‘disturbed him’ during the Confederations Cup.
“At the beginning of the Confederations Cup, I did not believe the market rumours would have given me trouble. But, at the end, I admit they have disturbed me a little,” he said, according to the Mail.
Jose Mourinho is back at the Chelsea helm this summer, and has subsequently been linked with a number of strikers.
The Blues are relatively short of options in attack, with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba leading the line at Stamford Bridge last season. Romelu Lukaku could also be available after a successful loan at West Brom last season.
Cavani would add a huge additional goal threat if Chelsea are able to lure the player to west London, with the former Palermo star scoring over 30 goals a season in all competitions during his three-years in Naples to-date.