Saturday June 22 2013
De La: 'Cavani stays if he's a real man'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis says Chelsea and Real Madrid target Edinson Cavani will stay if “he is a real man.”

The race for the striker appears to have been whittled down to just two clubs prepared to pay the €63m buy-out clause in his contract.

“Will I let Cavani go before August 10? I trust in the man, then if he doesn’t want to it’ll be a joke on me,” De Laurentiis told Radio Rai.

“However, I believe he is a real man and will therefore remain at Napoli. If he does decide to go, it will in any case be after the Confederations Cup.

“We will know everything by July 20. If not, I'll smack him!”

This evening Napoli completed the signing of Dries Mertens from PSV for €9.5m after he passed his medical.