Italian club Napoli have rejected a formal bid from Premier League club Chelsea for their striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Daily Mail.
The returning manager Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he eyes improvement in the attacking department at Stamford Bridge and currently all his attention is on trying to sign the Uruguayan striker.
It has been reported that Chelsea offered Napoli £40m for the striker plus goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, but the bid was not enough for the Italian side to accept as they rejected the offer on Friday afternoon.
Talks between the two clubs have been progressing and the Napoli chairman has revealed that Chelsea are heavily interested in their striker, but the deal is far from done, despite reports suggesting otherwise.
The Serie A side have told Chelsea that they will not accept any bid under £53m for the striker as that is his release clause in his contract.
It is suggested that talks will continue over the weekend as both clubs want the transfer done quickly so that they can move on and prepare for the upcoming season.
It has also been rumoured that Chelsea would consider offering more money for the striker plus out-of-form forward Fernando Torres.
If the two clubs can agree a fee for the player, Cavani is then wanting a massive £256k-a-week in order to join the club, and that wage packet would see him become the club's highest earner.
Chelsea will face fierce competition from Spanish giants Real Madrid as they are also heavily interested in the Uruguayan.
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