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