Posted on Friday, 8th February 2013 by Tony Merakli
Despite wanting to keep Edinson Cavani at Napoli, the president of the Serie A club, Aurelio De Laurentiis admits interested clubs can have him if a £54 million offer is tabled.
The 25-year-old Uruguayan is arguably one of the most in-demand strikers in world football at present and has been in sensational form for the Naples club this season, scoring 27 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions.
As a result, many top European clubs have been monitoring the availability of the striker, but Napoli have been able to keep hold of their prized asset for at least until the end of the season.
De Laurentiis recently admitted that the club rejected two big-money offers for Cavani and insists the player is keen to stay put as well.
‘I am ready to do everything to retain Cavani at Napoli.
‘It’s not just about money to keep him here – he believes in our project, that’s what really matters.
‘We have rejected an offer of £47m, which wasn’t from Real Madrid, whose bid was less than £43m.
‘His clause is £54m and interested clubs know that.’
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger did admit that The Gunners were tracking the Uruguay international in January, but, as far as we know, the Frenchman didn’t take his interest further.
However, with his release clause standing at £54 million, I think its fair to say that we can rule ourselves out of the running for Cavani’s signature.