Chelsea transfer target Edinson Cavani has expressed his desire to be coached by Jose Mourinho.
The Uruguayan international is one of the hottest properties in Europe presently. Despite having two more years left in his contract at Napoli, Cavani has been linked with a lot of big European clubs currently. The 26-year-old has been in fine form once again this season, and has scored 38 goals (43 appearances!) in all competitions – which amazingly takes his tally to 104 goals in 138 appearances for Napoli since he joined them back in 2010!
Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid are all reportedly monitoring his situation at Napoli and the Italian club have already received bids for him. Cavani reportedly has a release clause of £53.5m in his contract and it is believed that the Italian club have already rejected an offer of £40m plus Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea. The London club is expected to come back with an improved offer as Jose Mourinho looks to strengthen his strike-force for next season.
Edinson Cavani on his part has also expressed his desire to play under someone like Jose Mourinho or Manuel Pellegrini, who is expected to take over at Manchester City, next season. The Uruguayan international also stated that despite his Napoli future being in doubts, he is presently concentrating on representing his nation at the Confederation cup in Brazil.
“I don’t know if they made an offer for me, I just know that to be coached by someone like Manuel Pellegrini or Jose Mourinho would always be a pleasure.
“And when the time is right it would be great to play for one of these teams, because when I was a child I imagined doing it – but now I am only thinking about Uruguay. In my career I have always had to deal with rumours of me signing for another team and I just have to keep my feet on the ground.
“I don’t know, I think there are other factors that could change my future. I have a contract with Napoli but on the other hand there are some conversations but everything is uncertain at the moment.
“What I know is that I belong to Napoli, that I’m thinking about my national team because we have a very difficult qualifying game and we also have a difficult tournament [Confederations Cup] to deal with and after all these commitments I’ll think about what is going to happen.” – The Chelsea target was quoted in press.
Manchester City have already made two big signings this summer, and now it is up to Chelsea to make a statement of their own. But if City rivals Chelsea for Cavani, and this can only benefit Napoli, as it will surely see a rise in the eventual transfer fee. It will be interesting to see if either of them matches Napoli’s demands.