Saturday June 15 2013
Chelsea abandon Cavani bid

There are reports Chelsea have pulled out of the race for Edinson Cavani after the latest €52m bid was rejected.

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has been clear he will not part with the striker for less than the €63m buy-out clause in his contract.

Italian and British media have suggested over the last few days that Chelsea were pushing hard for the forward, raising their bid again and again.

Sky Sport Italia state it reached €52m on Friday and was once more turned down by Napoli, followed by a warning the Stamford Bridge side would not be offering any more than that.

This effectively rules Chelsea out of the running for the Uruguayan, leaving Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.

“My son wants Real Madrid, all that is missing is an agreement with Napoli,” Luis Cavani told Marca TV. “There has already been contact with Real’s lawyers.

“He’s spoken to the family about his desire to play for Madrid, but he doesn’t want to say that publicly so that he isn’t seen in a bad light by his current club.”

Real could include Gonzalo Higuain as part of the exchange deal, whereas City are prepared to hand over Edin Dzeko.

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