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Chelsea launch fresh £45m bid for Cavani

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LONDON — Chelsea have made a fresh bid of £45million for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani — but are still short of the £52 million buy-out clause that the Italian club insist they must meet to sign the 26-year-old striker.

Daily Mail

Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho requires another striker with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba their only established Premier League centre-forwards, and Cavani has emerged as the club’s principal target following the transfer of the coveted Colombian Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid to Monaco.

But Chelsea have proved reluctant to meet Napoli’s asking price for Uruguayan Cavani and the player is understood to be unwilling to commit to a move until Real Madrid have decided whether they want him.

Former Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez will coach Napoli next season and club president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists that Cavani will not be sold unless the Olympian €60m buy-out clause is met for a forward who was Serie A’s top scorer last season with 29 goals.

Manchester City, who were previously monitoring Cavani, have cooled their interest in the player, with new Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini understood to feel he would be unsuitable for the style in which he wants to play.

It means that Real Madrid and Chelsea remain the most interested parties, with the west London club hoping that their early moves in the market will encourage the player to join them rather than wait for a possible offer from the Bernabeu.

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