Luis and Berta Cavani have given an insight on the future of their son Edinson Cavani. Luis spoke to Spanish newspapers Futboleros, revealing rather unsatisfying news to the Blues who has been keen on signing the 26-year-old Uruguayan ahead of the new season.
Berta told an Uruguatan radio station that Manchester City and Real Madrid are the main contenders to sign the £53m-rated striker.
The Italians claim they rejected Chelsea’s £40m opening and are holding out for the the full £53m required to trigger the forward’s release clause.
Earlier in the week, it was reported new Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is interested in taking Fernando Torres along to the Naples in a player-plus-cash exchange that will have Cavani go the other way, but Berta claims there is no concrete agreement between the two clubs for now.
“Edi is dealing with Real Madrid and City,” Berta Gomez told Uruguayan radio station. “Napoli president De Laurentiis has spoken with Chelsea, but so far there is nothing concrete.”
“In two or three weeks we will know Edinson’s future. As soon as we know something concrete you will be the first to know,” Cavani’s mother added.
The forward father Luis claim his son desire is to play for the Los Blancos and has not disclosed it at the moment because he wouldn’t want to irk Napoli president, Aurelio de Laurentis, who prefers cash up front rather than any player-exchange deal.
“Cavani’s intention is to play for Real Madrid,” Luis Cavani told Spanish newspaper Futboleros. “He is excited about it and is very willing to see it through. He has told the family in private that he wants to join Real Madrid but if he declares it publicly it will annoy Napoli.”
Napoli are reported to be ready to part with the player they signed from Palermo in 2010, but are also said to be hot in the search for his replacement as quick as possible.
City’s Eden Dzeko and Torres are top targets and could become the deciding factors should the Napoli forward move to England.
Cavani has scored 78 goals in 104 appearances for Napoli and is presently with the Uruguay squad for the Confederations Cup in Brazil.