'No money on table' for Chelsea striker target


Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he has not received any offers for reported Manchester City and Chelsea target Edinson Cavani.

TalkSPORT reports how the Uruguay international has scored 31 goals in 45 appearances for the Serie A side, and has attracted interest from a number of Barclays Premier League clubs.

Citizens boss Roberto Mancini is a known admirer of Cavani, and is believed to be weighing up a £30million bid when the transfer window reopens in January.

However, City may face competition for his signature from Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, who wants to strengthen his forward line by bringing Cavani to Stamford Bridge in the New Year.

Cavani enhanced his growing reputation with two goals for Napoli in their recent UEFA Champions League encounter against his City suitors - a game that Chelsea scouts were present at, also running the rule over the South American star.

Under contract at San Paulo until 2015, City are planning to use the cash generated from the impending sale of Carlos Tevez, and are willing to offer Cavani wages worth around £170,000-per-week in order to convince him to sign for them over Chelsea.

But despite the recent speculation, De Laurentiis - who is understandably keen to hang on to his prize asset, insists Napoli are yet to receive any concrete bids.

"In football we talk so much [but] I have yet to see any money on the table," he said.

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