Chelsea or Manchester United would be recruiting a ‘selfish’ player were they to move for Edinson Cavani, according to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who claims to be more content with Gonzalo Higuain among his number instead of the Uruguayan.
Cavani scored 104 goals in 138 appearances for Napoli during three seasons at the Stadio San Paolo - form which earned the striker a €64.5 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of last year.
This made for a profit of over €45 million on what Napoli had paid to acquire Cavani from Palermo, and the Serie A club used this cash injection to clinch the signature of Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid.
Higuain may not have been quite as prolific as his predecessor, although he has scored 12 times in the league, but De Laurentiis claims this is to be expected given that Cavani played more for himself than he did for the team.
“I respect [Cavani],” he told the Football Station on Fox Sports. “But perhaps he’s a bit selfish.”
“He put the team in a position to work for him.
“Higuain does more for the team and allows others to express the football which they are capable of.”
Cavani, meanwhile, has continued his potent form since his move to Paris - finding the net 20 times in 29 games - but his future at the Parc des Princes is the subject of frequent speculation.
The 27-year-old is reported to be unhappy with his position as the second-choice central striker behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and this supposed unrest has led to links with both Chelsea and Manchester United.
Chelsea are expected to move to recruit a proven centre-forward in the summer transfer window and Cavani could fit the bill for Jose Mourinho, while the club have been linked with a £54 million move to sign the forward.
Manchester United may choose to challenge them, and former Old Trafford star Ruud van Nistelrooy believes Cavani would be an ideal acquisition for manager David Moyes.