£53m Napoli striker wants Mourinho or Pellegrini link-up

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Edinson Cavani has hinted he is willing to leave Napoli this summer to join either Chelsea or Manchester City.

The Uruguayan striker is in-demand after another fine season in front of goal in Italy - with a host of big-name clubs hoping to secure his signature.

Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea are all said to be in pursuit of the 26-year-old.

Last week Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed Chelsea had been in contact over a potential deal for Cavani, while previously Manchester City are said to have failed with a cash-plus-player deal including Edin Dzeko.

The latest batch of reports say Chelsea have had a £40 million offer for Cavani turned down but intend to make another bid, although they won't activate his £53 million release clause.

Now Cavani himself has raised the prospect of joining a Premier League club ahead of next season, saying he would like to work under either Jose Mourinho, who is to be unveiled as Chelsea boss today, or Manuel Pellegrini - widely expected to take charge of the Citizens in the coming days.

"I don't know if they have made an offer, but I just know that to be coached by people like Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho would always be a pleasure," Cavani said today.

"When the time is right it would be great to play for one of those teams because as a child I always imagined doing it."

Cavani is currently on international duty at the Confederations Cup with Uruguay and says he is not bothered by the speculation that surrounds his future.

"At the moment I am only thinking about Uruguay," he said. "Throughout my career I have had to deal with rumours about signing for another team. I just have to keep my feet on the ground."

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