Chelsea ‘agree’ £49.3 million deal for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani to see off Manchester City challenge

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Chelsea have agreed a £49.3 million fee for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, according to the Italian club’s official radio station.

Manchester City and Chelsea have both been linked with the Uruguay striker, although earlier this month Cavani’s father said his son would prefer a move to Real Madrid.

However, Napoli radio station Radio Marte announced: “We have received news in the office from a very reliable source that Napoli have sealed a deal with Chelsea for Cavani’s sale.

“(Manager) Rafa Benitez also gave the all-clear, but before making the move official Napoli want to secure the striker who will replace Il Matador.

“(Napoli president) Aurelio De Laurentiis’ club will pick up around €58 million (£49.3 million), a slight discount on the buy-out clause, which is the same situation as Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG last year.

“The player will earn €8.5 million (£7.2 million) per season plus image rights.”

Cavani was the top goalscorer in Serie A last season and the 26-year-old says he wants to hold face-to-face talks with De Laurentiis after the Napoli president spoke of a quick resolution to any transfer.

Speaking to Italian radio station Radio Rai, De Laurentiis said: “I don’t think Cavani will leave on August 10. I’m confident in him because I consider him a real man. He won’t make a joke of me.

“Should Cavani want to leave, he will decide it after a long period of reflection. We will know everything by July 20. If not, I’ll smack him!”

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