Jose Mourinho has wasted no time in getting to work since arriving back in Stanford Bridge with all the talk on the sports channels this morning saying that a deal for Napoli’s Edinson Cavani is imminent.
Chelsea last night put in a bid of £38.9 million for Zenit St. Petersburg’s Brazilian striker Hulk, but it is thought that the Russians will try to get back more of the money they paid to Porto for their star player. When asked about a move to Chelsea during a press conference yesterday Hulk said: ‘If I said there wasn’t anything in it, I would be lying. But that is not for now. At the moment, I am 100 per cent focused on the Selecao (Portuguese for the Brazil team). Other matters will have to wait until afterwards.’
While talks between Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Chelsea are taking place the Napoli boss knows that Real Madrid and Manchester City are also interested in their £50-million rated Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.
If Chelsea want to get a deal done they need to pay the full asking price for the 26-year-old, and will know that Manchester City have an ace up their sleeve in Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko that they could offer the Italians plus cash for Cavani.
De Laurentiis would love to keep his star player at the team but knows it is unlikely to happen, when the big spending teams are showing so much interest in his biggest player.
“The budget for the transfer market will be based in relation to the Financial Fair Play rules,” De Laurentiis told Radio Marte.
“If Cavani is sold then I’ll reinvest all of the €63million (£53.5m) of his release clause.
“There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani, they’ll call me in the next few hours.
“I’ll be delighted if he stays, but if he leaves then he will be adequately replaced.”
Our take on this one is that a deal could be in place before the end of the day if Chelsea and their Russian owner Roman Abramovich have both decided that they want Cavani and Hulk for what would be an attacking partnership to scare any side in the Premiership.