Chelsea’s new manager Jose Mourinho upset that he was unable to land Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani from Napoli following Laurent Blanc’s arrival at the Parc des Princes.
Blanc an admirer of Cavani was unlike Chelsea willing to pay the 26-year-olds buyout clause, deciding that the strong striker would be a perfect fit for the Qatari owned French champions Paris Saint-Germain where he will play alongside Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Parisian attack.
The other striker Mourinho wanted was Borussia Dortmund’s Polish international Robert Lewandowski, but the Pole has committed himself to one more year at the Westphalia side, and will then move to play for European Champions Bayern Munich.
Mourinho has always favored a strong front man capable of leading the attack on his own as was the case with Didier Drogba, and has now turned to Aston Villa’s front man Christian Benteke who almost singlehandedly kept Villa from being relegated last season thanks to his 19 goals.
At only 22-year-old the Belgium international would certainly be interested in joining a club that will by competing not only for the Premiership title, but the Champions League also, with the bonus that he could play along with his Belgium teammate Romelu Lukaku.
Aston Villa have said that Benteke is not for sale yet should Chelsea make a reasonably sized offer I can see the striker moving to Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea’s current two strikers Fernando Torres and Demba Ba are not in the Portuguese managers future plans.
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.