The two richest clubs in the world, at least from an owner wealth perspective, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are reported ready to trigger Edinson Cavani’s €63m release clause at Napoli this summer.
Cavani has been linked with a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid in the past, but according to London newspaper the Daily Star, Man City and PSG are the most likely destinations for the Napoli striker. And that is simply because these two clubs can pay a lot more money in transfer fees and wages than anyone else in football.
The Daily Star claim that the French club will battle it out with the Premier League champions for the Uruguay international’s signature, and will pay the it will take to prize him away from the Partenopei.
The British tabloid insist that both teams spoke with the 25-year-old’s representatives over January, with a move to securing a deal at the end of the season.
“All my thoughts now are on my work. I don’t know anything about offers that may have arrived in January. I’m focused on the season with Napoli and winning the Scudetto, which is the dream of all Neapolitans,” stated Cavani.
Roberto Mancini wants Cavani to replace the hole in his squad left by Mario Balotelli, whilst PSG are hoping to rekindle the partnership Cavani had with Ezequiel Lavezzi at Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli have reportedly already identified free-scoring Sampdoria striker Mauro Icardi as Cavani’s replacement despite having a €12m bid for teenager turned down last month.
One team noticeably absent from the Cavani discussion is Chelsea, and that could be because Roman Abramovich feels confident that he will land Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao this summer.