Chelsea & Manchester City target worth £54m?
Napoli star Edinson Cavani has been linked with a £54m move to several top clubs - but is his asking price too big?
Edinson Cavani has been one of the most talked about players in recent months, after impressing for Napoli by finding the back of the net regularly in Serie A as well as in the Europa League.
The striker has also managed to continue his impressive form in the Confederations Cup, scoring twice for Uruguay against Italy in the third-place play-off.
It is well-documented that Cavani has a £54m buyout clause and many clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are interested in the striker, but Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentis is reluctant to let Cavani go for anything less than £54m, which begs the question: who is brave enough to splash the cash to land the Uruguayan?
Manchester City have already spent big after securing the services of Spanish winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla for a fee which could eventually rise to £24m and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk for roughly £30m. With Manchester City having already spent nearly £54m already, could they really afford to add Cavani to their squad and send their total to £108m on only three players?
Then to Chelsea, who are capable of paying the £54m to land Cavani, with new boss Jose Mourinho yet to make a signing after agreeing to take charge of Chelsea for a second time, but would owner Roman Abramovich want to shell out another huge amount of money on a striker only to be left disappointed as they were with Fernando Torres, with the Spaniard managing only 35 goals in 131 appearances following his record-breaking £50m move from Liverpool.
Which leaves Real Madrid, a club with incredible wealth who are more than capable of spending huge amounts of money on players; for example, a world-record £80m on Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and the £56m spent on Kaka.
With Cavani's father claiming his son wants to play for Real Madrid, it would appear Real Madrid have made Tottenham winger Gareth Bale their number one transfer target this summer, with rumours circulating of a potential world-record £85m bid for the Welsh winger, which would rule out another big-money signing if they succeed in luring Bale to the Bernabeu.
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