Chelsea want to swap Torres for Cavani

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Chelsea reportedly hope to secure the signature of Edinson Cavani during the summer transfer window by offering Fernando Torres in a part-exchange deal for the Napoli striker.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Chelsea have identified Cavani as a key acquisition after missing out to Monaco in the race to sign Radamel Falcao, and are prepared to include Torres in a package to capture the Uruguay international.

Cavani's release clause with Napoli is set at €60 million and Chelsea are reportedly set to offer Torres to make up half of that fee in the hope Rafael Benitez would be unable to resist a reunion with the Spain international.

Torres played a key role in ensuring Chelsea landed the Europa League last season during the interim tenure of Benitez, who was appointed as the new Napoli manager earlier this week.

The duo had also previously worked together at Liverpool, with Benitez having spent £21 million to sign the 29-year-old from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2007.

Torres has, however, failed to hit the personal heights he did during his time at Anfield since arriving at Stamford Bridge, scoring only 34 goals in 131 appearances as a Chelsea player.

Jose Mourinho's imminent arrival in west London could now seemingly spark Torres' departure from the club, with Cavani the favoured acquisition of the former Real Madrid boss.

Cavani has scored 104 goals in 138 games for Napoli during his three seasons at the Stadio San Paolo.

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